For many years now, we have been in the “Information Age.” With the expansion of the Internet, you can get 24 hours per day news and information. At first, it seemed great. Anytime, anywhere, you could find whatever information you wanted. Just do an Internet search, and you found it.
But times change, and now we are in an age of “Misinformation.” It is a time when we don’t trust what we see and hear; whether on the Internet or in the news. The reason is that when you search the Internet on any topic, you can find “facts” that prove one thing, and other “facts” that prove the complete opposite. You can also turn to one news station and hear one thing, and turn to another and hear the complete opposite. So most of us have become very distrustful, and critical of any new information.
This has expanded into a larger problem than just with the Internet and news media. That distrust, doubt and critical questioning now happens in every area of our lives. It has even expanded into our sphere of close friends, family, our boss, and even our pastors. We don’t instantly trust what someone is telling us, and rather we assume they probably do not really know what they are talking about, or they have been mislead or brain washed about that particular topic.
Questioning the truth is not something new. I think back to when Jesus was before Pilot, and this conversation happened.
Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him. Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. But you have a custom of asking me to release one prisoner each year at Passover. Would you like me to release this ‘King of the Jews’?” But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a revolutionary.) John 18:33-40 NLT
In this exchange between Jesus and Pilot, Jesus was trying to tell Pilot the truth. Pilot’s response was “What is truth?”
So even back then, Pilot tells us that he was unsure that truth really was.
An interesting aspect of this conversation was that Pilot asked “What is truth?” and then walked away; not waiting for Jesus to answer. So it seems that Pilot really didn’t want to know the truth, and/or didn’t think that Jesus had the truth. Also the religious leaders of that day, and the crowd of people didn’t believe that Jesus was telling the truth, and that He is the Messiah.
So to answer Pilot’s question, Jesus is the truth, the way, and they life. No one goes to the Father in Heaven, unless through Jesus. He is the Messiah!
His has left us His written word, the Bible. It is the only thing we can truly believe and trust in. All others will eventually let us down, but His word will never fail us, will always be true, and can always be trusted.
But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 NLT