THEME: THE TRUTH
John 18:37-38 NIV
“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.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.”
-Jesus spoke to Pilate during His sentencing, but Pilate could not fully comprehend His message and nature of truth. Pilate was therefore unable to make a judgement as to how Jesus was the King of Jews. Although Pilate did not find any offense against Jesus and opted to substitute Him for Barabbas, he did not believe in Jesus. As we celebrate Good Friday, we acknowledge the victory that Jesus Christ won for us through His death on the cross and the benefits that we accrue as believers. Through His blood on the cross we have the forgiveness of sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7). We are then justified through faith into grace and have peace with God in Jesus Christ. Let us then believe in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, and appreciate His sacrifice on the cross leading to salvation; by the grace of God.
Truth in Hebrew is written as emet and aletheia in Greek which means having the quality of loyalty, sincerity, faithfulness, fidelity, and veracity. It is vital to note that no human individually or corporately, or angelic creature have the ability of establishing the Truth. The truth entirely originates from God. Revelation 22:19 cautions us that, “if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.” We also know that, all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). The Truth is God Himself. John 14:6 reminds us that, Jesus in the way, the truth and the life, and one comes to the Father except through Him. Also that, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). The word of God which is the Truth therefore, will never pass away even as heaven and earth do so (Matthew 24:35). As we celebrate Good Friday, let us remember to witness Christ to others. Through our words and actions, let us be agents of love as we are ambassadors of Christ Jesus. Like Jesus Christ laid down His life for us, let us lay down our lives for others by loving one another truly (1 John 3:16-19). We are called to display love by sharing what we have with the less fortunate among us. Through Jesus’ death we have been set free from fear and we have been made children of God. As we know the truth and accept the Truth, we are made free (John 8:32). Further, as we learn and come to the knowledge of truth, we practice it and shun from evil. Also, as we walk in the Light of God and His word we are transformed and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Since we are the salt and the light of the earth, we witness Christ in our walk of faith and His name is glorified. We should then hold fast the true confession of His salvation power, and repentance of our sin and draw closer to God day by day. By His grace and mercy, we obtain Christ’ promises unto us through His word that transcend into eternal life.
Jesus Christ You were beaten, mocked, tortured, and disgraced for the sake of our salvation. You became sin so that we may become the righteousness of God. You became the sacrificial Lamb and bore our sins on the cross, and liberated us from sin, slavery and eternal condemnation. You have shown us great love we cannot thank You enough dear Lord Jesus. May You touch our hearts and heal all our wounds, physical, mental, emotional, financial, economical and spiritual. May You annount us afresh and do a new thing in our lives, families, society and nation. May You cause Your revival to come and touch the hardened hearts of men. May You Lord Jesus rescascitate every form of death and hopelessness in our lives and society, and strengthen us in Your presence. We thank You dear Jesus for Your salvation power upon us and the victory that we have obtained in You. We bless Your name and enthrone, now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Ephesians 1:7-10, Galatians 2:20
Blessed Good Friday