What is Truth?

Read John 18:28-40.

“What is truth?”

Over two thousand years ago, Pilate, the Roman governor over Judea, looked into the eyes of Jesus and asked this question. He didn’t know he was speaking to the King of kings, the one and only Truth. He was confused and believed truth to be relative. He did not realize he was standing face to face with the One who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (see John 14:6).

Pilate found Jesus innocent of all charges. He didn’t understand why the Jewish leaders wanted to execute one of their own men. Even his wife warned him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream” (Matthew 27:19, ESV). Pilate had to make a decision. But instead of standing for what was right, he gave in to the demands of the Jews and handed Jesus over to be executed.

Pilate didn’t know what truth was. Therefore, he even bypassed his conscience and gave in to the desires of the world.

How often are we like Pilate? Because our heart doesn’t have a foundation of truth, we bypass our conscience and we give into the popular calls of the world. We may think we know God, but because we are not rooted in Scripture, we often make the wrong choice when faced with a moral dilemma.

In a world of relativism, how can we know what truth is? It is quite simple. We must study God’s Word. All the answers we could ever want are found in His unchanging Word. We need to know what we believe and why we believe, so that when a compromising world comes against us, we can stand strong on the solid foundation of God’s Word.

Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock” (Matt 7:24, ESV).

It is God’s Word alone that can teach and train about truth in a world that is forever compromising. We can use it to rebuke those who oppose us. We can use it to correct those with false ideology. We can use it to guide our daily steps. God’s Word, not our changing human opinions, needs to be the solid rock we stand on.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV).



Dear God, I thank you for the gift of your Word. As I study it, I pray that through the Holy Spirit, You will help me to have clarity and understanding. May I hide it in my heart so I will be able to stand on a solid foundation of Your truth, so I will be able to correct, teach and rebuke a world that forever denies You are the Truth.


Additional Reading

John 1:1-14

John 8:31-47

John 14: 1-14

3 John 1:3-4


This is an excerpt from my Easter Devotional for The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.