We are hungry for something REAL.
We want to know what’s real, to create something meaningful, to experience something that lasts, and to accomplish something significant.
…something pure. true. you know: real.
We were created for more than this world has to offer. That’s why the things of this world seem so empty — they were never intended to bear the weight of our identity and significance. It’s not that some of these things can’t be goodl they can. But when we invest too much of ourselves into them, when we give them our hope and security and trust, they will fail us every time. We may not understand it, but we feel the reality of eternity written on our hearts.
We were created for more and we long to experience that for which we are made.
Jesus came to show us what’s real. To show us the truth. To let us know what is lasting and meaningful… to show us what matters.
“For this purpose I was born and
for this purpose I have come into the world—
to bear witness to the truth.” (John 18:37)
Jesus came to testify to the truth…
The truth about the Kingdom.
Standing before Pilate, Jesus is explaining that His Kingdom is not of this world. There is more going on here than Pilate can see and understand. Christ’s Kingdom, while unseen, is greater, more significant, and more lasting than anything visible.
So, we are called to live not for the temporary things that are seen, but for the unseen and eternal things that Christ offers.
The truth about God.
Jesus came to “bear witness” or “to testify.” In other words, Jesus came to preach.
This should not surprise us. After all Jesus was “the Word made flesh.” Who else would a God send, but “the Word”?? This is a God who refuses to be captured in image, but instead reveals Himself through words.
This is the big contrast the prophets make between idols who can be seen and a God who cannot: mute idols who cannot hear or act vs. an invisible God who speaks, hears, and acts on behalf of those who love Him.
Our God is a speaking God. A self-revealing God. A God who determines and proclaims truth.
Hebrews 1 tells us that, int he past, God has spoken in many ways, but now He has spoken most perfectly and finally through His Son, the Lord Jesus.
The truth about us.
Jesus confronted our hypocrisy, our idolatry, and our desire to control our own lives and make our own fate.
The reality is we are NOT in control.
Even Pilate (who seems to be in control here) is told by our Savior that he would have no power over Him unless His Father has given it to Him.
We are not in control. Knowing the real Kingdom and understanding real, unseen, and eternal truth gives us confidence int he midst of uncertainty. We do not have to hold onto or put our trust in the things of this world. Even our very lives cease to become dear to us as we seek to invest all we are and all we have for His Kingdom.
Because God is worthy, faithful, just, loving, powerful, and soveriegn, we do not have to fear offering everything to Him.
The truth about the gospel.
Sinful man, blind to the truth – even hostile toward it! – is met by a holy God who speaks to Him and offers truth. More than that, He offers ears to hear the truth and a new heart which can accept it.
The world stumbles to find purpose; our friends and co-workers search for identity. Others try to rise above the mundane and grab hold of some greater purpose or mission or cause.
Meanwhile God is calling…
Come here!! Listen to me! I have placed eternity in your hearts, I have placed my image on your soul, and I alone see you – love you – and know what will satisfy you.
Will you surrender to Him today?
Trust Him and His Truth. Rest in Christ and the salvation He offers. Receive the Spirit as you yield your spirit to Him, treasuring and trusting Him above all else.
“Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the LORD
that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:6–9)
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:3–8)