In the Gospel of John 18:37, just prior to His crucifixion, during a conversation with Pontius Pilate, who served as a regional governor in Rome, Jesus makes one of the most profound statements in scripture I have ever pondered. In one sentence, Jesus discloses His sole reason for coming to this earth. He said, “To this end I was born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.”(KJV)
Think about this for a moment; Jesus had been handed over to the Jewish leaders. The jewish leaders handed Him over to the Romans because the Jews wanted to have Him executed. Jesus is on trial. He knows He is about to die. Yet in His conversation with Pilate He never mentions dying for mankind as His reason for coming to this earth. Instead, in one of the last conversations He would have on this earth, He declares that He has come to this earth for one reason and one reason only, to give testimony to the truth.
The greatest need of man today is his need for truth. The fact that Jesus came relating to man, spending time with him, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, raising the dead, opening blind eyes, making the deaf to hear, embracing the outcast and dying for our sins are all manifestations of the the truth of who we are to Him and Who He longs to be to us. When we struggle in our emotions, with our image of self, with whether God loves us, if He will provide and care for us, if He really hears our prayers, if He is even interested, we are not really struggling with isolated issues; we are struggling with truth.
When Eve began to question truth in the garden it dictated what she saw, what she desired, what she believed and what she did. While none of us know what Eve thought of the appearance of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil prior to her conversation with the serpent, there is little doubt as to how it appeared to her after the conversation. Genesis 3:6-7 reveals this fact. It reads, “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her; and he did eat.” (KJV) At the root of all sin is a lie. God never told Eve the tree was good for food, but she believed it was. She believed the tree would bring her a grander experience in life, even when God had emphatically stated it would only bring death. What she saw dictated what she believed. What she believed dictated what she wanted. And what she wanted dictated what she did.
We further learn from scripture that Adam and Eve not only hid among the trees of the garden to hide from God, but they sewed fig leaves together attempting to cover their nakedness from God, and arguably from each other. Before sin man was naked and unashamed. After sin, man was naked and ashamed. The beauty that God created man to enjoy in freedom, he now concealed in guilt and shame. The woman Adam hailed as, “flesh of my flesh” now became the reason for all his troubles. Sin changed what man believed about God, what he believed about himself, and what he believed about others; sadly, none of what he came to believe, was based on truth.
In the garden, when man fell out of relationship with God, he fell out of relationship with truth; the truth about his identity, his purpose, his value and his worth. So when Jesus tells Pilate just, “I came for this reason alone: to bear witness or give testimony to the truth.” We understand why. Jesus came to reveal the truth about who we are, Who God is, who we are to God and Who God longs to be to us. He came to reveal God’s love, God’s heart and God’s will to mankind. In a nutshell, He came to reveal the truth. Because it is only in knowing the truth that we are genuinely set free.
Passages For Meditation This Week:
- Gospel of John 8:32, 14:6, 16:13, 17:17
- Ephesians 6:14
- Proverbs 12:22
- 3 John 4
May God’s peace be upon you and your family this week.