Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life... - John 6:68 ESV
I could be wrong, but it seems to me that confusion abounds when it comes to knowledge of where to go to find a trustworthy, right, accurate source of truth. Who can be trusted? Which news outlet can be trusted? Where do we go to find out the “facts” today? Where can we go to find out what’s really going on?
In an ever-increasingly fractious cultural climate such as ours, it’s versus such as John 6:68 that should serve to remind us that ultimately there’s only one person to whom we can turn to find the truth. It is unreasonable and, frankly, unwise to think that folks are not biased in their interpretation of facts, positions, and circumstances. It is impossible to be a human and to be completely unbiased. The real question is whether or not our biases are justifiable and whether or not they comport with the way reality really is. The truth is, we all need to look to (and be measured by) a standard outside of ourselves. Opinions change over time. Cultural convictions change over time. So-called “conventional wisdom” changes over time. It is the Word of God alone that does not change over time. It is not subject to the relativizing of truth and reality. In a time when people are groping for the truth, grasping for “the real,” and searching for stability, we must all realize that Jesus alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and there really is no hope whatsoever apart from Him, His Word, and His direction.
There’s a big difference between inspiration and revelation. Both are important, but only one can lead us to Everlasting Life. From time to time, the words of poets and philosophers, comedians and song-writers, screen-writers and satirists can momentarily lift our spirits by way of inspiration. But only the eternal, life-giving revelation of God can lift our spirits from despair, hopelessness, and aimlessness and not just for a moment, but unendingly. Simply put, only the words of Jesus can bring true hope, life, and peace and I am thoroughly persuaded that’s what we all need. Do you need hope? Do you need life? Do you need peace. Why not turn to Jesus and let Him give you all of those things today?
Question for the Day:
How much do I really value the words of Jesus?