Truth - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

What is truth? Pilate’s question shouts to us across the centuries, as compelling to us now, in an arguably post-truth society, as it was then. For Christians, truth is God’s salvation – the eternal life promised to us by God, and the life that Jesus came to proclaim and to lead the way towards.

On Maundy Thursday we remember the challenges Jesus faced in his trial in front of Pilate and as he was condemned to death. Further rejection and suffering lie ahead. Yet even facing this, Jesus does not waver here in his proclamation of his ministry and authority.

As individuals, our lives are shaped by what we believe and choose to affirm as our own truth. How we live out our beliefs in turn proclaims our truth to those around us. To what extent do our lives reflect the truth that God loves us, unceasingly? Do our actions declare that Jesus died to redeem our lives, so that we might better know and love God through his sacrifice and his ministry? How can our lives be a clearer witness to the truth of Jesus’ love?

Eternal God, strengthen me to live out Your truth. In the face of challenges and times of difficulty and darkness, help me see and share the light of Your love, and with that light to find the path that You would have me follow. Empower me with the deep confidence of Your enduring hope. Amen.

John 18:37-38

Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”

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