Monday, January 13, 2014

(40 Days of Focus) Day NINE: "Truth Has a Name"

Read: “Jesus said, ‘I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me’” (John 14:6).
Think About It: “What are you going to name ‘it.’” “It.” That’s what most people used to refer to the life that was growing within the womb of my beautiful wife. Sometimes they would use “the baby,” or maybe, “the child,” but “It”?? Our baby was so much more than the peculiar and hairy cousin on the Addams Family. “It” had a name. It generally took us twenty weeks to get to the point of knowing what that name might be, but there was a name. With a name comes identity, purpose, and great meaning. Each one of our children have names that bear great meaning and a significance that runs deep. "Victorious and Conquering One," "Believing, Confident, and Trusting in God," and "Gift from God," are more than just definitions, but in some ways, help identify the very soul of each one of our children. Each one was born into this world already having had been called and spoken to by name. They were more than an "it," or "the baby." They were purposed. They were precious. They had a name. 
Going Deeper: The Bible speaks much of "truth," the importance of truth, the necessity of truth, and how knowing the truth will set one free. But what is Truth? Truth is not just a concept. It is much more than an idea. It is both absolute and personal. Jesus identified Himself as "truth." He announced, "I AM the Truth." Truth did not define Jesus, but rather Jesus defined truth. When Jesus used the phrase "I am," He was invoking the Hebrew name of God that means "all existing one, faithful and unchanging one, one that never ceases to be." John 1:1 unapologetically expresses that "in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God." That word "word" is a Greek word that means "the divine declaration." Truth was there in the beginning. Jesus is the truth that never expires, becomes outdated, irrelevant, or replaced. Truth does not have to be believed or practiced to remain truth. It is absolute. It never changes. To know Jesus is to know truth. To know truth is to know freedom. To know freedom is to know life.
Next Step: What do you think of when you think of who Jesus is? What images flash across the screen of your mind when you consider that name? What does it mean to "know Him?" For that matter, what it is "truth?" How does knowing truth serve as key that somehow sets you free? Pray and ask God for His divine assistance in how you can get to know Jesus in a way that opens your own mind and heart to Him as truth. Don't attempt to live in the futility of having to answer every question. He is Truth. He is the Answer. Ask God to help you to trust Him as the Truth.

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