John 18: What Is Truth?

In John 18, we find perhaps the most intriguing question in all the New Testament. Pilate, the man responsible for handing Jesus over to his death, asked, “What is truth?”

Pilate knew what it meant to have truth twisted to fit a situation. He was well aware that the Jewish leaders had handed Jesus over out of jealousy. Yet he was not sure what to make of this man from Nazareth who claimed to be the truth.

In the end, Pilate sought a compromise that would make the crowds happy. When this failed, he went with the crowd’s desires rather than truth.

The same happens still today.

We question truth on issues of each day, sometimes making compromises to seek the approval of others rather than Christ.

Yet we can learn much from Pilate’s mistake. The truth is right before us; we need not change the truth nor deny it. We must only accept it and live it.

When faced with an ethical challenge today, remember the question of Pilate:

What is truth?

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Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of the New Testament in 2011 at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

John 16: Jesus Communicates Clearly

Some have suggested Jesus spoke in some secret codes or attempted to communicate hidden messages through his words. Even those listening when Jesus walked the earth sometimes wondered what was being communicated.

On the last night Jesus spent with his disciples, however, he spoke directly. The result? His disciples responded:

“Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”

Jesus spoke clearly. He knew all. The conclusion is that he came from God.

There is a helpful lesson here for us, too. We often confuse faith by communicating vague notions of ethics or morality rather that clearly stating information about the things of God. Yet Jesus provided the example for us in speaking directly to answer the questions of his followers.

We are called to do the same. We must love well and teach well. When we speak of the things of God, of ultimate reality, we must communicate the message well.

Jesus communicates clearly.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of the New Testament in 2011 at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

John 12: We Would Like to See Jesus

For Good Friday, I wanted to share an excerpt from my upcoming devotional work Thirst No More on John 12:21, the chapter I have handwritten today.

The religious leaders sought to kill Jesus; seekers sought to see Jesus. Some of the Greeks who had traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover desired to meet with the One many were calling the Messiah. But how would they find Him? These men found Jesus through His followers. Philip and Andrew were the men responsible for connecting these inquirers with Christ.

Many continue to seek Christ; their problem is finding Him. God has chosen us as those who can connect others to Him. We know the way to the Master; part of our work is to connect others to Him. He does the conversion; we do the connection. Let us pray and pursue bringing others who say, “We would like to see Jesus.”

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Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of the New Testament in 2011 at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.


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