Our response to the Truth of Jesus determines how we will receive His blessings, and how we will extend God’s love to this generation.
The fact is if you want to know the power of God’s Truth you’ll have to soften your heart.
How do people respond to the truth?
John 12 37-47:
Even after Jesus had preformed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in Him. This is to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: “Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says everywhere: He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts nor turn and I would heal them. The crowds had truth standing before them, yet Jesus said to them… Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I’m telling the truth,why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.
In John 14:7. Pilate had Truth standing right in front of him yet…
In John 18:37-38. Pilate then said “You are a king, then.”
Jesus answered, “You can say that I am a king. In fact the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me. “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. It is not just the crowds and people like Pilate resist Truth.
Mark 6:51-52 says That then he climbed into a boat with then and the wind died drown. They (the disciples) were completely amazed for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts
Mark 8:17-18. Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?”
Yet the Truth is powerful, able to set us free from sin.
John 8:31-32. To the Jewish people who had believed him, Jesus said “If you hold my teachings, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Let’s think about the verse a bit. Here are some points before we move on:
1.This promise is quoted quite a bit. But it is made to people who are truly disciples of Jesus. If you abide to my teachings, you are truly disciples.
Think about Judas. He was sent with the other 11 disciples to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons.’ Yet Judas was not a true follower of Jesus. He hardened his heart to the point that Satan himself could enter it. -John 13- The truth doesn’t make you free unless you respond to it properly.
2.The words most often translated in the Bible are truth or truly.
It means reliable, or valid. It may be the most like what we think when we say the word “truth” in English.
The other, which is used here is, aleitheia. It means
The important thing Jesus wants of us and for us is relationship. It’s that relationship that is liberating. As Jesus would.