Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Letters from Jesus (Holy Week Part 3)

The names of God revealed in scripture give us glimpses into his character. For Holy Week, I am posting one letter every day from a different name of Jesus. These messages are lifted from God's word (references are below each letter), birthed in prayer, and intended to be a personal missive from the heart of God's character to you.  May you be blessed, and may the Name(s) of Jesus be glorified through my imperfect words.

Dear Child,
I am the Truth.  I did not come to show the truth or teach the truth or model the truth.  I did not come to feed you facts or set up a moral standard for you.  I came to BE Truth.  Truth is a person.  Truth is who I am—Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.

I came to you, not to win followers to my message, but to live as Truth in a deceptive and sin-warped world.  Child, peace is not found in facts, although I am Fact, I am Reality. 

Truth is not the same as certainty--certainty can be an idol even to the most devout believer.

Listen!  I did not lay down my life so my followers would be on the "right" side of an argument.  My blood spilled out on a criminal's cross because of the greatest Truth of all: for God so loved the world.  Truth is love that laid down his life for his enemies.

Truth is not an acquisition of ideas or a mastery of culture's latest tenets.  Culture's truths will change. Knowledge will pass away. Truth is more than a list of things not to do-- the desire to be right at all costs will crush you, and wound others.  No--Truth is a Person.  Truth is God made flesh and clothed in love.  Truth is God come to meet you in this beautiful, brutal world.  Knowing Truth is knowing me, knowing the image of the invisible God.

Oh! I long for you to seek the Truth; to seek Me.  The more you know me, the more you become conformed to my likeness.  It happens naturally--as you might take on the characteristics of a spouse or close friend, the more we are together, the more you begin to be like the Truth. Your words will sound like Truth, your actions to look like Truth, your very countenance to shine like Truth in a dark world. 

How I love you,

The Truth

“Jesus answered, ‘ I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.’ “
John 14:6

John 3:16, Colossians 3:12-13, Romans 8:29, John 1:14, 1 John 3:16, Matthew 23:37, 1 Corinthians 13:8

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