You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. John 8:32
When Jesus said this, he was not talking about a kind of philosophical truth that only deeper thinkers would find. Rather Jesus was saying that he was the source of all truth and that knowing him would give us the freedom to live fully alive. Later in John’s gospel, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Knowing Jesus as friend and savior guides us to knowing the truth about ourselves, our world and our relationship with others and with God. Jesus is the true source of a vibrant life.
Truth as personal knowledge of Jesus is similar to how I understand running. On a biological and psychological level I can know that running is good for me, but that rarely gets me out the door and on the trail. Rather I need to experience the benefits first hand, feel the joy of lungs breathing deeply and legs turning quickly. As I run I experience the real truth about the benefits of running. My head clears and my spirit soars (at least on the good days.) Now that I can run four miles again, the joy is especially sweet.
The same is true with knowing Jesus, only as I run with him and experience him in my own life do I discover that he is the truth. Jesus is not some collection of doctrines to comprehend, but a true friendship that keeps me moving along the road of life. He is a true friend who seeks to guide, encourage, warn and embrace us.
How true and real is your friendship with Jesus today?
Lord Jesus be real to me this hour, this day.