In the passage of the scriptures from John 8:12-59 there are at least 11 times the Lord used the words true or truth.
It was one of many times that Jesus taught in the temple in Jerusalem.
There were common folk there to listen and the ever-present Jewish religious leaders.
In the beginning of the teaching session, the Pharisees said to Jesus, “You bear record of yourself, your record is not true.”
In other words, “you are a liar.” Being a liar is not a nice thing to be accused of — especially if it’s not true.
The Lord very forcefully made it clear He was telling the truth.
He had just said He was the “Light of the World.”
Then Jesus referred to the passage in Deuteronomy 19:15, where it says a person cannot be convicted of a crime with only one witness, there must be at least two or three witnesses.
Jesus cited that He was one witness and his Father made it two witnesses, to testify as to who Jesus is.
Telling the truth is essential when the statement of the Lord — regarding the truth of his claim of being the light of the world — is at stake.
So the Lord’s claim of being the light of the world is verified truth and is no empty claim.
This is why Jesus used the words true and truth so much in this passage.
Jewish leaders were constantly hounding the Lord on his claims in this discourse.
In the Bible, in John 8:28 the Lord referred to his coming crucifixion and how the Jewish response to him would be to crucify him.
It is interesting that it wasn’t the disciples of the Lord who requested that Pilate give consent to making the place of his burial secure, but rather the Jewish leaders.
They were concerned some kind of wrongdoing would be done, hence their request for those who guarded the tomb.
It is at verse 32, where the Lord spoke the title of this column.
To base one’s hope on a maybe or a possibility, is not a reliable base to put your trust in.
Knowing the truth is the only way true confidence can be put in something or someone.
In John, chapter 14, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.”
In John 8:36, the Lord says, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Jesus used the saying in verse 32 now, but changed it to read that He is this liberating truth.
He is the only one that can set us free from bondage to our going astray from God.
The Jewish religious leaders said that they were never in bondage but that is not true.
They were in bondage when they were in Egypt and they were in bondage when Israel was taken into captivity by Babylon, to name just a few.
There are other times when they were oppressed by the nations around them but that would take a number of articles to elaborate on.
The Lord then dealt with them about their making claims to being Abraham’s offspring.
Their natural connection to Abraham was of no value to them if they did not know the one true God that Abraham knew.
They did not trust God as their own personal Saviour, but instead, thought their lineage from Abraham was something that brought them into God’s favour.
The leaders said that Jesus had a demon and that he was a Samaritan, which was a racist comment in that day.
They asked the Lord the question, found in verse 53, “Whom makest thou thyself?”
The closing response of Jesus was, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am.”
The end result of this was that they tried to stone the Lord, but He hid himself, leaving them in their madness and went away.
Jesus told them the truth, but they would not have it.
I close with this question, which the Lord asked in verse 46 from this passage in chapter 8.
Jesus said, “And if I say the truth, then why do ye not
John Eggers is an elder in the assembly that meets in Westsyde Gospel Hall in Kamloops.
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