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What Is Truth?

John 8:42-59

Rev. John F. Wurst

Judica Sunday
The Lutheran Church of Christ the King  
Duluth, Minnesota

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Sun, Mar 17, 2013 

"For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (1 Cor. 2:2)

John 8:42-59

The Fifth Sunday in Lent (Judica)

What is truth?

In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Do you know what truth is? John chapter 8 is a discourse between Jesus and the Jews concerning the truth. Here are some highlights of that discussion leading up to the Gospel lesson.

The Jews hearts were hardened. Hardened by sin. Hardened by the desires of the flesh. Hardened by prestige, honor, and power. They accused Jesus of lies. Jesus responded with the truth that He is God. In Him, Jesus says, is life. Jesus says He is the life and light of men.

The Jews claimed to be descendants of father of Abraham. They claimed Abraham as their father and sought to extinguish h the truth by killing Jesus.

This is what the devil does. He tempts you and traps you to elevate yourself to the ultimate authority of God but all he does is lie and kill your soul.

THE truth that Jesus brings into the world is that He, the life and light of men, stood in your place, and sacrificed Himself on God's holy altar to atone for your sins and the sins of the world.

Father Abraham was tested by this same God, now in the flesh. He strapped the wood of destruction on the back of his son Isaac and they went up the holy mountain and Abraham was going to slay his only-begotten son Isaac.

God stayed off the destruction of Isaac. He provided a ram in the thickets for the sacrifice; the very thickets that would later crown the head of God's only-begotten Son, Jesus on the cross on Mt. Calvary.

Isaac's blood wasn't shed on the mountain. However, Jesus' blood was shed for you. Abraham did not kill his son but God the Father forsook His Son and consumed Him in His wrath against your sins and the sins of the world.

The Truth is the that Jesus is the life and light of men. You know this truth because Jesus revealed it to you in Holy Baptism. Jesus cast off the barnacles of your eyes and has given you sight to see the truth. The truth is you are no longer slaves to sin because the truth, that is Jesus, has set you free by His Blood, His Passion, His death, and His resurrection.

Jesus set you free and now calls you son. A son who receives the inheritance of the Father; the very gift of everlasting life. You are no longer under the Law. You live in grace. The grace bestowed upon you for the sake of the Son who stood in your place and suffered all things to earn salvation for you. You are now slaves of righteousness. Your life is God's given to you from above in Holy Baptism when the Spirit regenerated you and grafted you into the Son who gives you life.

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Never was the end in doubt. Never was our God without mercy or compassion. For before Abraham was, before all of creation turned sour in the uprising of our first parents or we added our indecency to theirs, God had a plan to make you His. He knew your name before He formed in your mother's womb. He planned your Baptism. He chose you through grace to live with Him forever in unadulterated delight. He provides. He stays Abraham's knife. He lays Himself upon the Altar without complaint. A sacrifice of such magnitude our puny minds cannot contain it; a love beyond all human expression; a miracle that surpasses all our wildest hopes and expectations! God became Man to die in your stead and purge you of all sins, cleanse you for all holiness. He died. But He is not dead. He lives. And so, too, heir of Israel, shall you. You shall never see death. For the Word of God falls upon your ear and is placed upon your tongue to enter into your heart and wash your soul. You worship Him in spirit and in truth in the very things, even the external things, that He has given to you. You are the real sons of Abraham, set free by the Truth. Abraham is not dead. Neither shall you ever be.

Soon, the trumpets will sound. The One who was, who is, and ever shall be, He will complete what He has begun in you. He will call Abraham out of the grave and you will be revealed as His sons. All the lowly creatures of this planet will rejoice to see it. The promise spoke in heaven at your Baptism is still good. It always will be.

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In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Amen.

SDG



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