By our In-house Blogger
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” John 14:6
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:31-32
I remember when I first went to a church where the truth was preached. I mean that the Bible was preached, taught and explained; the truth of what God actually said in His Word. And by God’s grace my soul said “yes, that’s true!” My heart rejoiced and I couldn’t wait to go back for more. From then on, nothing less than truth would do.
Before that I had sometimes heard sermons where a verse of scripture was used as a springboard for man’s own thoughts, or sermons where a man’s ideas were taught then apparently backed up by some verses from the Bible (taken out of context and twisted to fit). I had frequently heard stories or ideas put forward as if they were of equal importance to God’s Word when in fact they had nothing to do with the truth and, therefore, had no life in them and left me empty, hungry, misguided and lost. I had attended church for years but had never really heard the gospel.
Through regularly hearing God’s Word faithfully preached I came to understand specific truths that cause me to rejoice: the truths of the gospel, the good news of salvation from the wrath and judgment of God; that our foundation is scripture alone; that salvation is in Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone for the glory of God alone. I came to understand more of God’s holiness, my own sinfulness and the wonder of Christ’s saving work on the cross. God’s grace and mercy became more and more amazing to me.
But more than this, through encountering these truths I encountered the Truth, Jesus Christ, the living Word. In rejoicing in the truth I am rejoicing in Him.