Eyewitness Stories: John 8:18,19; 30,32
Amplified Bible (AMP) John 15: 1,4
In Your Bible: John 8; 11; 14:6-11
Jesus came down from the Mount of Olives and entered the temple to teach. But he encountered several Pharisees who challenged his authority to teach. However, we know Jesus IS the truth.
Jesus is the Truth
The leaders of the Jews came to Jesus asking him to justify how he could bear witness of himself. A really a good question! Jesus answered, “By your own Law, the testimony of two witnesses verifies the truth. I can verify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me, is the second witness” (John 8:18,19 Eyewitness Stories). The leaders could not believe or grasp this at all.
We know from the written Word, Jesus is the perfect expression of truth not merely ethical truth. The truth of God is indicative of his faithfulness to fulfill his promises to the believer. Sadly the Jewish leaders did not see Jesus as the Truth as we know it.
“But as he said these things in the treasury of the temple, many put their faith in him. To those who believed” [really believed in their heart], Jesus said, “If you keep following what I say, you really are my disciples. And you will know the truth and the truth will make you free” (Eyewitness Stories John 8:30-32).
The True Vine
Jesus makes a parallel between staying connected with Jesus/God/the Father and a fruit bearing vine. Jesus says, “I AM the True Vine and My Father is the Vinedresser” (John 15:1 AMP). He addresses how to live in a poignant manner, saying, “Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will Live in you] John 15:4 AMP).
The Way, the Truth, and the Life dwell in you. Yes, Jesus IS the truth.
Prayer: Father, thank you for showing me that nothing aside from you is absolute truth.
Questions: How do you connect the thought of the Way, the Truth, and the Life with the True Vine?