Silence in the Face of Truth

Scott Stevenson

"Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples and His teaching.  I have spoken openly to the world" Jesus replied.  "I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together.  I said nothing in secret.  Why question me?  Ask those who heard me.  Surely they know what I said."  When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby struck him in the face.  "Is this the way you answer the high priest?" He demanded.  "If I said something wrong," Jesus replied, "testify as to what is wrong.  But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?"  Then Annas sent him, still bound, to Caiaphas the high priest."  John 18:19-24.

I find it amazing how powerful the truth can be, and that is evident when Jesus asked the official why he had struck him.  In verse 23, the official had nothing to say.  We so easily pass from verse 23 to 24 without considering the reason why the official had nothing to say.  Have you been faced with the truth and had nothing to say?  I find it interesting that when we stand silent against the truth, the majority of the time we are saying that we love the opposite of truth.

"This is the verdict:  Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."  John 3:19-21

The truth is there to bring us to repentance before God, but if you want sin and not God, then it will bring conviction.  Life is so much better, living by the truth; I want to be able to come to God because I love the truth.  At the last day, all of us have to face the truth (God).  If the Lord asks if you talked to people about Him, do you have anything to say?  If He asks if you loved Him, do you have anything to say?  Let us have plenty to say about the truth right now and not stand silent because of conviction.  You may be reading this and you don't have a clue what the truth is, let me tell you what it is...Jesus the Christ.  This is no little cute cliche: Jesus is "The Way" to God.

We have but a short time; for the last day is quickly approaching.  Let us be able to talk about the truth because we know the truth (Jesus).  For in that day, silence can be eternally deadly.

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