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I'll stick with Jesus - November 1, 2010
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
You can't be certain. That's what many critics say. You can't be certain what happened in the Bible is true. You can't be certain what Jesus really said or did is true. You can't be certain, because there is no proof.
It is easy to criticize the Bible and its claim to be the truth. It is easy to make unsubstantiated charges. But, if the Bible isn't true, what finally is? All that is left is a transitory truth—truth that is always changing. Hope in this kind of truth is what Jesus calls slavery.
Many in his day put their confidence in their family heritage. Just as many put their confidence in what they did. Jesus' conclusion was simple. What makes one family better than another, and when are there ever enough good works done to please God? The end result of holding on to these faulty truths was only futility and frustration.
Jesus offered something far better. He proclaimed a liberating truth which looked past works or family heritage, and looked directly to him. And what better place is there to look! Jesus' sin-free life provides the perfection God requires (Matthew 5:48). Jesus' shed blood and death on the cross offers freedom from sin through complete forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7-8). Jesus' resurrection from the dead gives the certainty of a new life now, and an even better life in heaven (John 11:25-26).
The truth Jesus offers is the only one upon which I can always depend. It has never changed, nor will it ever change. It has always accomplished what it has promised. It has always offered a ready source of help and comfort. It has never failed to be true.
There were many during Jesus' ministry on earth who rejected him and the truth he proclaimed. Not much has changed today. Many still deny the truth and put their hope into something that will never stand the test of time. As for me, there is only one choice. That choice is based on the truth—the truth that proclaims real freedom, the truth that offers an unshakable foundation, the truth that provides a never-failing guide for life. My choice is clear. I'll stick with Jesus.
O gracious Lord, you have provided me with the truth of your precious Word. Make me a faithful student. Give me a greater understanding of its lessons. Assure me, that like you, your Word will never fail. Amen.
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