Jesus Brings Truth (Advent 2012 – Day 18)

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Today’s scripture reads:

Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

—John 18:37

Jesus came into this world. We know from John 1 that Jesus existed before the creation of the world, and so his birth was not his creation, but merely how he entered our world in a tangible way. This entering of God into created form is the reason we celebrate Christmas and look forward to that day, just as those that came before Christ looked forward to his arrival. Jesus came into the world and he bore witness to the truth. What was this truth? Simply that God is good, gracious, and has mercy abounding. The truth of Christ is that God has done what we could not do and spared us from all of the guilt we have brought upon ourselves. That God has come and walked among us, lived with us, and faced death for us and emerged victorious, this is the truth that Christ bore.

His teachings on love, equality, mercy, forgiveness, and peace were not philosophical opinions but rather the very commands of God himself. God is the originator of truth and he took the form of Christ on that Christmas day long ago so that he could bring us back to him. Those that speak truth must listen to Christ’s voice because apart from him there is no hope for us. Apart from Christ we are still lost in sin and bound by death. Apart from Christ no man lives.

The good news is that we have been given hope, peace, freedom, and life more abundantly in Christ Jesus. Let us be bearers of the truth that Christ brought to the world with his coming. As we look forward to this Christmas season let us rejoice in the knowledge of the truth of who Christ is and what he has done for us.

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