Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Truth...isn't Subjective

Truth isn't Subjective 
by David Brenneman 

Websters defines Subjective as follows: based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions.

Truth is a person.  Truth is more, way more, than feelings we keep or discard. 

John 14:6-7 NASB "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

Jesus made claims and if you look you will see that it's the Father who backed them up by way of the Spirit of God.  The Spirit was in Him as we read in John 1:33 NASB "And I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’"

Next is the Father Himself saying for those who were there with ears that could hear in Matthew 3:16-17 NASB "After He was baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and settling on Him, and behold, a voice from the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”" Again in Mark 1:11 NASB "and a voice came from the heavens: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”" Once more in Luke 3:22 NASB "and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came from heaven: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well pleased.”"

Take to heart what it says in Matthew 11:15 NASB "The one who has ears to hear, let him hear."  

Many, to their own detriment, despise or have no room for consideration of the Word of God in their lives.  What's eternally sad is that 1 second after dying their whole outlook on God's truth is forever changed and there's absolutely nothing that they can do about it. 

Jesus made the claim to be the Truth, then, He was confirmed and backed up by the Spirit and God the Father.  

The most challenging change to my yearly reading through the Bible is to do my own version of looking from Moses to the end of the Gospels for the things that Jesus showed others after His resurrection. I have a journal just for things that the Spirit has shown me from the Word of God. 

One of the aspects of the Truth is that regardless of what you think of you, Jesus still died for you. That Jesus still took your place so that you might live. 

We live in a world that's desperate to find something to hope in.  Looking for peace in a world of chaos that seems to keep escalating.  More and more people are looking indeed for a person to swoop in and save the world, caring not in the heat of the moment about giving up personal freedoms or rights. 

You may not believe me, but if you read more in the Bible you're going to see that is a future that was predicted.  After Jesus does return and He does take those who are His out of this world, the people left behind will be in such a state of discontent and fear that they will indeed look for a savior of sorts. They will indeed give up whatever they hold onto in order to regain some semblance of normal. Look at what's happened in the most recent of years. People will indeed trade personal rights and freedoms for something that resembles normal. 

Jesus not only claimed to be the Truth He lived it. In what He said, what He did. The Truth practiced praying often. He did and the Father kept doing more through Him. The Truth spoke of the Pharisees and Sadducees in regards to their motives and revealing them out loud.  Then they are recorded as proving Him right.  

Jesus and that He loves you and wants a relationship with you.  He loved you enough to tell His Father that He would gladly take your place, pay for your sin, so that you could live. He would (and did) die in your place.  This put an offer on the table that wasn't there before. The only condition is that you must accept it, you must take it up, and claim it.  

My Dear Reader, you have possibly lived a decent life, maybe even a good life.  But you have yet to live a real life. Some lack the ability to ask it out loud and in l all seriousness "is there nothing more?".

The answer is yes. More of life is promised in coming to Christ for salvation.  People lie all the time, only Jesus can truly never lie to you about anything.  Only He can provide the peace and hope that the world is so desperate for.  It will never be found in more money, a higher status, a perfect job. Not be found in a perfect family or in spending thousands on your appearance. It won't be found in possessions.  It certainly will not be found in the accumulation of millions who might only appreciate you in this moment of your life. 

Was reading of an interview of a celebrity. 
She succeeded at much, but wasn't happy. She was of all things scared of not finding something more relevant to keep her status before people.  Of how to stay in the limelight.  The fear of being forgotten. 

That's something impossible for those who are in Christ who are saved by Him.  He promised that no matter what the world has to say, we always have His attention. That's a significant truth to hold onto.  We have but one to look to for acceptance and for recognition. Just Jesus.  He promised never to leave you nor forsake you.  You will never find a single person who will do that for you. People both come and go. They pass on from this life. You only begin a relationship with Jesus here, it continues for all eternity.  

That's truth. 

You may think this is a bit much. It really isn't. The truth of Jesus's life has been proven over and over.  The things that you desire in life are for but a brief moment. The feelings you seek to satisfy don't last.  Happiness is fleeting. Joy is hard to lay hold of when the world is offended by most anything and anger rings out practically everywhere.  People can't find peace or security in this world.  Yet they continue to try.  Politicians promise great boasts and garner much attention, yet the reality is they can't deliver.  World leaders cannot deliver. 

We look at the headlines. Jesus told the truth when He said there would be wars and rumors of wars. Read anything about that lately or in recent decades?  Earthquakes and famines in various places? Hmm...He said that would happen too.

In nothing, absolutely nothing, did Jesus ever not tell the truth.  When called out, the Jewish Leaders tried turning the tables on Jesus to no avail. 

This I know: Jesus loved me enough to die for me. He promised never to leave me nor forsake me. He promised the Helper, the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is with me and indeed is in me. More promises kept.  Jesus said that He came to seek and save the lost. I certainly was among the lost.  He was seeking out the likes of me.

Truth still is that He is seeking out you too.

Your idea of life is never going to work. 
Jesus came to give us not just life, but life more abundantly.  He's knocking at the door of your heart. Won't you open it?

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