God invites us to come to him just as we are. He accepts us just as we are. He meets us in our doubts, mistakes, brokenness and loneliness with grace and with truth. In this series we are learning from different characters from God’s story about how God met them and how he can meet us. We will learn what it means to extend the same acceptance he gives to us to others and how we can be a church that invites people to come and join us just as they are. We will also be challenged by the God who says “come as you are” that we don’t have to stay that way.
In the fifth and final part of this series we are looking at the ‘Struggle for Truth.’ In our world of fake news it can be hard to know what is true and what is fake. It can feel that we have to work harder to find the truth. But truth is really important – if you’re ill don’t you want to know what’s true about your illness and what’s true about the best way to treat it? If you’re accused of something and you know you’re not guilty doesn’t the truth become really important? And if you’re going to stake your life and eternal destiny on a faith or belief, don’t you want there to be some logic and truth about it?
One of Jesus’ first followers was called John and he wrote a lot about truth in his account of Jesus’ life. In the very first chapter of his eyewitness account of the life of Jesus you can find a great example of his views about truth. You can read it here: John Chapter 1 verses 9 to 14.
Truth can be a light in the darkness (verse 9)
The truth that is the light of the world is available to everyone (verse 9)
Light and truth has come in the form of a person (verses 10-11)
We are invited not forced (verses 10-11)
The truth and light offers us a life changing opportunity (verse 12-13)
The truth didn’t just appear it became flesh (verse 14)
Jesus is full of grace and truth (verse 14)
Do you want to know how to cut through the noise of fake news to a truth that is worth building a life upon? The really good news is that truth isn’t abstract because truth and light has come as a person in Jesus.
Questions for Reflection and Discussion (on your own or in your small group)
What do you make of the whole ‘fake news’ issue in our society and culture?
What do you think are the consequences of the struggle to find truth or know what is true?
Re-read John chapter 1 verses 9 to 14, how is truth described and which of the descriptions really strikes you?
What does it mean for truth to come in the form of a person?
What does it mean for Jesus to be full of grace AND truth?
- How can knowing that Jesus is the truth help us in a world where truth is so hard to find?