Our Lenten Devotion for Thursday, March 24, comes to us from Steadfast Love which features reflections and prayers by Ed Arle and Gil Duchow with inspiration from the works of Henri J.M. Nouwen.
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You 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.” John 18:37 NIV
The truth of which Jesus speaks is not a thesis, or a doctrine, or an intellectual explanation of reality. It is the very relationship, the life-giving intimacy between himself and the Father of which he wants us to partake. Pilate could not hear that, nor can anyone who is not connected to Jesus (John 18:35)
(from Walk with Jesus by Henri J.M. Nouwen, page 10Henri)
“What is truth?” Remember the question Pilate threw at Jesus after Jesus said, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” That’s when Pilate said, “What is truth?”
God is not one given to speaking in the abstract. Take the word love, we often think in terms of feelings and emotion, as in, “I love him or her.” Or maybe how one person acts toward another: “She treats him with love and kindness.” When God speaks of love, he leaves nothing to the imagination: “God is love.” New for those with faith in Christ, when Jesus speaks of truth, we know what he means: “Jesus is truth!” Those who hear his voice are all made part of that truth as we become one with him in faith. And that’s the truth.
“Truth” is differently understood and expressed by every individual. I believe that God helps each of us to understand God’s presence in our own way, so that we can experience closer relationships with Christ in the ways that work best for us Jesus makes God’s truth known to us by becoming human, so that we can begin to understand God’s truth. We personify God’s concrete truth in our lives by working to live and serve like Jesus did: seeking God’s justice and offering God’s grace and forgiveness for everyone. I invite you to consider ways that you can live out God’s truth for those whom you encounter.
Dear Jesus, you have made it clear that to know you is to know the truth, the truth that makes us free. Help me to live in that truth as you live in me. Amen.