Even casual watchers of the X Files remember that line. Problem was, too many of the characters had their own truth. The series’ success was probably due in part to how accurately it reflected modern society. We have accepted so many versions of ‘truth’ that we live in a culture of relative truth. “What’s true for you is OK if it works for you. But, here is my truth!” Sound familiar? Each generation believes what it encounters is new and different. The reality is, each generation encounters the same things masquerading in different forms. The Lover of souls was tried by unjust judges who convinced themselves of their own truth. Jesus called them out:
When daylight came, the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the scribes, convened and brought Him before their Sanhedrin. They said, “If You are the Messiah, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I do tell you, you will not believe. And if I ask you, you will not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the Power of God.” Luke 22:66-69
The choice was, and is, simple. Jesus either is, or is not, the Son of God. If not, He is a liar. If He is the Son of God, then He is Lord. Liar or Lord? These religious leaders were not accused of promoting relative truth. However, that is what they did. In their minds, God could not, and would not, come in this form and in this way. Everyone knew Jesus was the illegitimate son of a carpenter. To their way of thinking, God had to perform His works according to their expectations; to their idea of the truth. Jesus’ claims could not possibly be true because they did not meet the expectation of the religious leaders. They were their own standard for truth. There are none so blind as those who will not see. Those who will not see conclude Jesus is a liar.
The other option is He is truthful and therefore, Lord! The writer of Hebrews says of Him, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him. We must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” If we believe He is Lord, then truth exists outside ourselves. Truth is objective rather than subjective. The truth of Jesus being on trial was foretold by Isaiah in Old Testament, By His stripes we are healed. That He would die and be resurrected only underscores the fact that He is Lord, not a liar. His presence within the life of all who believe is testimony to His truthfulness. But everyone must answer the question posed at His trial: Are You the Son of God? Why ask the question here? There are many who haven’t been asked. How will they believe unless they hear? How will they hear unless they are told? How will they be told unless someone is sent? How will they be told if your mouth remains closed? The truth is out there, outside ourselves, His name is Jesus, and He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Think about it?
Soli Deo Gloria!