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Voice Of Truth

February 17, 2011 by  
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John 18:37c-38 – Jesus answered, “For this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said; “I find no basis for a charge against him.” (NIV)

John 10:27 – My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (NIV)

A few years ago, I watched a Christian film entitled Perfect Stranger, based on the novel Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory. Having a great interest in Christian apologetics, I was deeply moved by the movie’s presentation of the Gospel. This small but powerful feature film tells the story of Nikki, a successful yet unsettled attorney, who doubts the reality of the Christian faith.

However, her life will soon change after she receives a mysterious dinner invitation from the Lord Himself. Assuming at first it was a practical joke, even so, she curiously arrived at the restaurant merely to discover herself engaged in a dispute with Jesus of Nazareth. Excellent interaction and exchange between the two characters in a unique modern setting held my attention through the entire program. I also gained new insights of key issues that challenge the core beliefs and foundation of the Christian church.

The same doubt and unbelief was demonstrated by Pontius Pilate at Jesus’ trial. And still, Pilate’s question echoes through the centuries, as many are asking, “What is truth?” Nevertheless, the Apostle Peter advises us,
1 Peter 3:15b – Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (NIV)

Unfortunately, too many believers fear sharing their faith because they are intimidated by the objections of non-Christians who question the accuracy and truth of God’s Word. But with a better understanding of Scripture, we are able to boldly yet lovingly rebuke and correct those who are in error.

In spite of a world with many voices claiming to have the truth or claiming there is no truth; Jesus reveals the ones who belong to Him will hear His voice and follow Him. And for those who are still seeking, Jesus said,
Revelation 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” (KJV)

As the movie portrays, we are all invited to dine with Jesus of Nazareth, who is as real today as He was over 2000 years ago. Let us prayerfully seek answers from Him and respond to the voice of the Holy Spirit. With patience and tenderness, our blessed Savior will always guide us in wisdom and the knowledge of truth.

Prayer: Father, may our lives be a testimony to others that Your Word is truth. And may we be prepared always to give an answer for the hope that is in us. In Jesus Precious Saving Name, Amen.

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