Having Google’d the word ‘truth’ I got 378,000,000 results in 0.09 seconds! Everything from philosophy sites to jewellery sites, cigarette sites to perfume sites. There’s even a drum kit site. Truth – a product ready to be peddled for the right price. Yet, as we all know in this day and age “one man’s truth is another man’s spin”.
I’m quite fascinated by conspiracy theories. Did man really land on the moon? Is there really any chicken in a KFC burger??? Conspiracy – everyone has an opinion depending on which angle you look! This is especially true with Jesus. He is scrutinized and debated; accepted by some, rejected by others. Today in many parts of the wider world the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ is setting people free, and yet, sadly, in many parts of the West it seems to be making people flee!!
In the film ‘Limitless’ a man is given a pill that ‘unlocks’ the unused part of his brain. Suddenly he can understand things he never could before. Of course, as with all Hollywood films like this, there are dire consequences – but suddenly he feels a freedom he has never known, and his life gets radically changed.
I am very struck by the language used by people when they suddenly discover Jesus. In so many cases the description involves ‘seeing the light’ or ‘feeling their heart warmed’. It’s not something they have worked out logically – it’s a revelation. It has ‘set them free’. It’s what you see all through the New Testament. People meet Jesus and they start doing the strangest things. That revelation doesn’t happen by some academic process or scientific formula, it’s a product of intense Holy Spirit activity, which goes far beyond any level of human understanding. That’s one reason why people pour scorn on it, run away from it and try their best to dismiss it – because it doesn’t make sense!! It’s a topsy-turvy world – where to go higher means we go lower; where to see God you have to hide. It’s a world where you lose to gain and die to live!! AW Tozar once said ‘God cannot fully bless a man until he has fully conquered him’. The truth can set us free – it’s just going to cost us everything.
Paul prays in Ephesians 1 that the church would receive a ‘spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus” (NIV) – “so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!” (The Message). This is not a theology of the mind, but of the heart. As New Horizon begins its journey of ‘Unleashing The Truth’ let’s make Paul’s prayer our prayer……
‘God, warm my heart again – send your spirit of wisdom and revelation so I can understand the hope that is found in Jesus and allow it to change my behaviour.’ The truth sets us free only when we stop trying to work out how the truth sets us free, and we just learn the art of surrender.