Fake news has been around since folks started telling people what’s going on in the next town. They either got it mixed up (remember playing the telephone game where the message became garbled as it went around?) or they did it on purpose for their own gain. Today, with the proliferation of blogs and websites, and everyone’s need to give an opinion, you have to take much of what you read on the Internet with a grain of salt.
The same is true about the misinformation surrounding Jesus. Ever since he started his ministry, and continuing to this day, the stories about who he is have been garbled, ranging to slightly in error to egregiously wrong. The good news of his birth and the reason he became a human has been distorted to the point most people have no clue about him.
The fake news is that God took his anger out on Jesus, because, after all, someone had to pay. Many believe God is still angry and just a hair’s breadth away from squashing us like bugs. But the truth looks much different. God’s plan of redemption had nothing to do with his anger. It was and is all about his love. Jesus not only brought good news, he is the good news: through his life, death and resurrection, he revealed the Father to us and just how much he loves us. Because he is Emmanuel, God with us in every sense, the story of his redeeming love is the best news humanity will ever hear.
In this time of situational ethics and variable facts, you’ll hear people talk about their truth. This is my truth, or that is your truth. Apparently, it changes from person to person and with circumstances. Your truth is different from my truth and that’s just fine. We all have our own truth.
Is this true? At the end of Pilate’s interrogation of Jesus in John 18, Pilate asked, “What is truth?” It seems no one knows, even today. And a lot of folks don’t let the facts get in the way. If you believe in your own truth, maybe you are fooling yourself. Most will say they mean they have their own story and experiences but talking about their own truth seems indicative of how much our society has strayed from the absolutes of God.
Jesus called himself the way, the life and the truth (John 14:16). He is the only one who could talk about his truth and be telling the truth. Jesus is the only real truth, the truth that leads to eternal life.
“This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth—because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever” (2 John 1:1-2, NLT).
“What is truth?” Pilate asked Jesus, in response to his statement that he came into the world to testify to the truth (John 18:37-39). Apparently it was as hard to pin down then as it is today. The old joke about knowing a lawyer is lying if his lips are moving applies to more than lawyers—it’s almost epidemical.
What is truth? In John 14:6 Jesus said he is the way, the truth and the life. Jesus is the truth and we can count on that. With him there’s no equivocating, no situational flip-flopping and no wondering where we stand. In the circle of Father, Son and Spirit we see total honesty, transparency and openness, all wrapped up in love and grace. How refreshing and reassuring to know our Savior is truth personified.