TRUTH is an integral part of the Power of Creation,and a significant part of the Foundation of THE LOVE that is ETERNALLY AUTHENTIC.TRUTH is part of the fabric of God’s Character,and a major means that God leverages to express His Awesome Love,His Loving desire for us to have the Eternal Benefits of True Wisdom->TRUTH!Yet,there is something about TRUTH that can make us uncomfortable & cause us to turn away from it.This happens to Pilate when he is questioning Jesus n John18:28-John19:1.Pilate is asking Jesus questions about who He is,& what He is.Pilate is probably curious because of the miracles that he(and everyone else)has heard about Jesus performing;&Pilate has heard what Jesus has been teaching about The Kingdom of God.So Pilate is sincerely curious!Jesus knows what Pilate is most curious about!The same thing that is at the core of ever human being-> there is a CORE CURIOSITY about->WHAT IS TRUTH/WHAT ARE THE TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE?!N John18:37 Jesus addresses this when He says,”You are right n saying I am a king.N fact,for this very reason I was born,& came n2 the world,2 testify 2 the TRUTH.Everyone on the side of TRUTH listens to me”.Jesus offers at the very least a conversation about TRUTH...& something makes Pilate so uncomfortable/uneasy that he says,”What is truth?”,& then turns away from Jesus & goes back to the angry crowd of those wanting to put Jesus to death!Pilat asked the question,but didn’t truly want to hear The Answer(He was not really on the “side of truth”)!Pilate has already framed n his own heart&mind what he WANTED to hear about truth...and didn’t want anything to threaten what might b UNtrue n his paradigms about truth.Pilate’s unwillingness to have his own ideas challenged by TRUTH identified him as one NOT being on the “side of truth”(not sincerely wanting to know what TRUTH really is,if IT might threaten any of his preformed desires¬ions).N fact this made Pilate angry enough that he had Jesus flogged...nstead of listening to THE ONE w the TRUE answers about TRUTH,Pilate had Him flogged(John19:1,”Then Pilate had Him flogged.”).I do the same thing n my life when I let my preconceived notions and desires draw me away from seeking to know what Jesus has to say about the things that are AUTHENTIC about “why I am here?”,”what is the purpose for my life”?,”what is TRUE LOVE”?,etc.I become very uncomfortable when I begin to think that some of THE ANSWERS may not agree w MY desires¬ions! The SAME PROBLEM Pilate had that made him turn away from THE SOURCE of TRUTH,& even flog Him!Dear Jesus,forgive me from turning away from YOUR LOVE/Your desire for my life to be forever blessed by what is TRUE,and not continue n the direction of deceptive desires¬ions that get me lost n a sea of things that are far from TRUTH.Dear Lord,make my heart to b one that will always be on “the side of TRUTH”!
N the 1st verses of John18,a detachment of soldiers have come w Judas 2 apprehend Jesus.Knowing this was happening,Jesus didn’t wait for this group to reach Him,Jesus went out to them and asked,”Who is it you want?”They respond,”Jesus of Nazareth.”Something happens then that is Jesus personally giving everyone n this scene an opportunity 2 know for certain that He is God!Jesus answers by identifying Himself n the same way that Almighty God gave Moses to identify HIMSELF to the Israelites when n Exodus3:14 God says,”I AM WHO I AM!”Jesus says “I am He”,using the same word/name used n Exodus3:14!By responding to the group this way,they were given an AWESOME MINUSCULE PEEK at the Glory of God through Christ when He reveals His FULL IDENTITY to them,and they were knocked down by a the tiniest of tiny minuscule peek at The Glory of God(John:18:6,”When Jesus said to them,’I am He,’they drew back and fell to the ground.”)They each had a personal experience of being “knocked down” by the knowledge that Jesus IS The Son of God...nothing less than The Incarnate God!Jesus personally made Himself known n a way that they had very opportunity to receive Him.Yet,they denied what had just been made overwhelmingly TRUTH!OH Lord,I shutter to think of the times You have n so many ways revealed Your Glory/Love/Mercy/Grace,&Your Truth to me as You did w these soldiers,& I have quickly forgotten “what just happened” just like this crowd n the Garden of Gethsemane.Whatever it is that makes me oblivious to Your Presence n my life,please help me to address these things so that I may never more b oblivious to the WONDERS of WHO YOU ARE,WHAT YOU HAVE DONE,& The Promises You have for me n Your Word.
One of the most significant prayers of ALL TIME can b read n less than 3 minutes.John17 captures this prayer,which is also the longest recorded prayer of Jesus!1st thing this makes me realize is how many times I have not gone to The Lord n prayer because I thought I didn’t have enough to say,or my “list” was was too short & I needed to “wait” to have more to talk w The Lord about....that I needed “more material” before God would “give me an audience” b4 His Throne...that my prayer would not b eloquent enough,etc.Jesus dispels this with His models of prayer.At a “moments notice” we see Jesus turning to God The Father n brief prayers,with issues that were on his heart at that moment.This indicates an intimate relationship w God The Father that made Jesus’ “brief praying” significant.How did Jesus,God Incarnate,have this kind of intimacy w The Father?There r prayers× that Jesus went someplace to have personal time w The Father where the intimacy between Father-Son-Spirit were nurtured by Jesus,God Incarnate(Matthew4:1,”...Jesus was led by the Spirit n2 the wilderness....fasting 40 days & 40 nights..”Matt4:42,”At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.”Mark1:35,”And rising very early n the morning,while still dark,he(Jesus)departed & went out 2 a desolate place.&there he prayed.”Mark6:15,”...Jesus again withdrew to the mountain by himself.”And when Jesus went n2 The Garden of Gethsemane to pray).Jesus sets the example for a life that feels secure n coming to Our Father God to talk about what’s on our heart-secure n a personal relationship w God that enables us 2 come 2 HIM as a child comes to their earthly father.So the 2nd thing this makes me realize is that I am either not having the kind of “quality time” w God that Jesus models for us,or I am letting something come between me and the Love that my Father n Heaven has for me(the Love that would never turn me away!),the Love that is always pleased w me climbing up into HIS LAP carrying what is heavy on my heart at that moment.Dear Lord,I want Your Help...so I will always have a childlike security&confidence n coming to YOU as my Father n Heaven.Draw me to significant personal times with You that nurture this n my life,& help me to know the true desires of my heart that only You can speak w me about at any moment...that You want me to crawl up n2 Your Lap of Prayer w, at any moment.
When we turn to Christ to save us from the penalties of sin,& then truly seek to know Him as Lord n our life...a metamorphosis begins when we graft our lives into a life of total dependency on nothing other than what only Christ can provide through His Life;His Sufferings;His Death;His Resurrection;&His Ascension to the very Throne of God.Jesus says n John16:13-15 that The METAMORPHOSIS begins, “When the Spirit of Truth comes(the Holy Spirit comes into our life when trust Christ alone to save us from sin) he will not speak of his own authority,but whatever he hears(from God our Father n Heaven) he will speak,& he will declare to you the things that r to come(TRUE wisdom&TRUE discernment).He will glorify me(in&through our lives).For he will take what is mine(All Absolute Truth/All True Discernment) & declare it to you.All that The Father has is mine;therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you”.As we hold firm to the GRAFTING of our lives to Christ through The Holy Spirit,we become increasingly more like The SOURCE of what we DEPEND on,and a METAMORPHOSIS begins of our becoming less & less like the characteristics of the World,& increasingly more like the characteristics of Christ(thereby glorifying Christ).Our hearts/thoughts/lives,which were once darkened by the shadows of sin&death,begin to have a metamorphosis that creates n us a new heart/a new thought life/a new life as king David knew he needed when he prayed n Psalm51:10-12,”Create n me a clean heart,O God,& renew a right spirit within me.Cast me not away from your presence,& take not your Holy Spirit from me.Restore to me the joy of your salvation,& uphold me with a willing spirit”.David knew that for “The Graft” that Jesus speaks of n his lesson about the Vine and the Vinedresser to take “permanent hold” on our lives we must depend on nothing but the Presence of Christ n our lives & the Guidance of The Holy Spirit...David knew this,& that is why he fervently prayed the prayer of Psalm51.David knew that his worst enemy was those parts of his own heart&life that would cling to his “old self” that lived before The METAMORPHOSIS began n his heart,his thoughts,& his life.Dear Lord,there r many areas n my heart&life that I will either cling to or try to reclaim...may The Light of Your Presence n my life clearly expose these to me,& then bless me with the same willing spirit that David prayed for...so I may always continue the process of Your metamorphosis for my life.
N John15:18-25,after teaching His disciples about how abiding n His Love would change their hearts/their minds/their lives,Jesus then warns them of how these changes in their lives and the ways they would then live,& love each other would b so foreign to the World(so contrary to the World)that His disciples would actually b hated by the World.That the way they lived&loved while abiding in Jesus’ Love would be such a reflection of the Mercy;Grace;& Holiness/Glory of God,that the World would become convicted & then angry when they see the disciples way living/loving compared to the Worlds ways of living&loving.It is not that the disciples would b condescending to,nor “preaching at” those around them with legalistic/Pharisee-like accusations and/or “religious talk”,BUT that the way the disciples lived and loved(because of their abiding n the Love of Christ)would b such a clear reflection of God’s Glory/Grace/Mercy/Righteousness/Holiness...that their lives would humbly/contritely be such a bright reflection of these characteristics of God that the Darkness&Sin of the World would b painfully exposed.When this PAIN of the World is exposed,the World will tend to react like a wounded family pet that would even bite or attack it’s loving master/owner when painfully wounded.Their is not much as unpredictable as a wounded animal/pet!The same with the World when exposure to the Mercy;Grace;Righteousness;Holiness;Glory of God reveals the darkness&pain of sin.This abiding way of living n the first century body of believers is what shook the world with a movement that saw much of the World open their hearts for the Saving Grace&Mercy of Christ to heal many of their lives from the Darkness&Pain of sin.This was such an impact to the World that our calendar was forever changed...changed by the Life of Christ&Love of Christ abiding n the followers of Christ/the disciples of Christ!Dear Lord,when I survey the small bit of the World around me,that Your Mercy;Grace;& Holiness/Glory could be having an impact on if I would just abide in The Love You have given me through the Your Mercy&Grace;through Your Word;through Your Spirit...I realize that my life falls so very short of truly abiding n Your Love for me.Lord Jesus,may Your Spirit make me draw my life to be abiding n Your Love for me more and more every day.