“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Lies, deception, and uncertainty are perhaps man’s greatest enemies. They are enemies because in order to come into a saving relationship with God, we must know some things. Going through the religious motions isn’t enough. Not even fervent religious zeal is enough (Romans 10:2). God expects us to know certain things and respond appropriately to this knowledge. In a world filled with decption (2 Timothy 3:13), how could any sincere seeker of truth hope to make any progress in his quest? Praise God, the Truth Incarnate has come into the world to enlighten the mind of man, to reveal to him precious, soul-saving truths. “I am the light of the world,” said the Redeemer, “he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). The Lord’s religious antagonists protested, appealing to the law. “Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.” The Lord replied, “Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go” (John 8:13-14). The Lord’s statement reveals a very important fact, namely, that His words are not on par with the rest of humanity. His is not just another human voice competing to be heard and believed. Where others need their words confirmed and corroborated, our Lord speaks on His own authority. “Ye are from beneath,” he declared, “I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23). He is of a different order of being than us. His words are self-authenticating, truthful and able to redeem us from bondage to lies, deception, and uncertainty (John 8:32-36). Praise God for the Living Word of His testimony, which shines like a light in a dark place (2 Peter 3:19). May His powerful word fill our minds with knowledge, our hearts with hope, and our spirits with courage today.