by Nick Laninga
Jesus said unto him, “I am the Way, the TRUTH, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”
Thirty years ago I prepared a devotional from Memoir and Remains of Robert Murrey M’Cheyne for the start of a new school year at Bellingham Christian. The Topic was “Christ is the truth”. I thought it may serve us well after our last Sunday School session.
The whole Bible and the whole of experience, bear witness and by nature we are ignorant of the truth. No doubt there are many truths which an unconverted man does know. He may know the truths of mathematics and arithmetic, he may know many of the common everyday truths; but still it cannot be said that an unconverted man knows THE TRUTH, for Christ is the truth.
Christ may be called the keystone of the arch of truth. Take away the keystone of an arch, and the whole becomes a heap of rubbish. The very same truths may be there; but they are fallen,—–without coherence, without order, without end.
Christ may be called the SUN of the system of truth. Take away the sun out of our system, and every planet would rush into confusion. The very same planets would be there; but their conflicting forces would draw them hither and thither orb dashing against orb in endless perplexity. Just so take Christ away, and the whole system of truth rushes into confusion.
The same truths may be in the mind, but all conflicting and jarring in inextricable mazes, for the paths of the wicked is as darkness; they know not at what they stumble. But let Christ be revealed to an unconverted soul—-let it not be merely a man speaking about Christ unto him, but let the Spirit of God reveal Him,—and there is revealed, not a truth but THE TRUTH. You put the keystone into the arch of truth; you restore the sun to the center of the system. All truth becomes serviceable in that mind.
Now he knows the truth with regard to himself. Did the Son of God really leave the bosom of the Father to bear wrath in our stead? Did the Lord Jesus become a servant, that He might obey the will of God instead sinners? Then I must be without any righteousness, a child of disobedience.
Again knowing Christ, he knows the truth with regard to God. Did God freely give up His own Son to death for us all? Then, if I believe in Jesus, there is no condemnation to me. God is my Father, and God is love.
“My friends, have you seen Christ, who is truth? Has He been revealed to you, not by flesh and blood, but by the Spirit of our God? Then you know how true it is that” in Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”
That He is the ALPHA and OMEGA the beginning and ending of all knowledge. But if you have not seen Christ, then you know nothing yet as you ought to know; all your knowledge is like a bridge without a key-stone—like a system without a sun. What good will it do you in hell that you knew all the sciences in the world, all the events of history and all the busy politics of your little day? Do you not know that your very knowledge will be turned into an instrument of torture in hell? Oh, how you will wish in that day that you had read your newspaper less and your Bible more, that with all your getting, you had got understanding—that, with all your knowledge, you had known the Savior. Who to know is LIFE EVERLASTING. The Way, TheTRUTH, & The Life.”
What an awesome responsibility is ours. Yet what an adequate resource we have in Christ. As we lead our youth in TRUTH pray always for the Holy Spirit to open their hearts to see Christ who is TRUTH and everything will fall into pleasant lines. How important to have the blessing of Christian education that seeks to link God to home, school and to the heart of every individual that attends our school. Our prayers continue for you all.
~Nick & Diana Laninga
I like these verses from “ LOVED WITH EVERLASTING LOVE”
Vrs.2 Heav’n above is deeper blue, earth around is sweeter green, that which glows in every hue Christ-less eyes have never seen. Birds in song his glories show, flowers with richer beauties shine since I know, as now I know, I am His and He is mine.
Vrs.3 Taste the goodness of the Lord; welcomed home to His embrace, all His love as blood out-poured seals the pardon of His Grace. Can I doubt His love for me when I trace that love’s design? BY THE CROSS OF CALVARY I am His and He is mine.
George w. Robinson/James Mountain
When one sees Christ, who is the Truth, that makes all the difference.
Have a reflective season of Lent!!!