Letter 15: Truth is a Person

My Son,

 

Truth isn’t just some abstract concept, or a list of facts, or a black and white picture. Truth is a person, and a person is full of emotion, feeling, passion, intellect, will, flesh and blood, spirit and life. A person is like a diamond, and like a diamond, truth is multifaceted. From one angle or perspective, a person can look a certain way, but from another, that person can look totally different. So I ask, is truth relative or absolute?

Well, no matter which angle you choose to look at the diamond, the diamond is still the singular and absolute object you are observing. It would be absurd to assert that from one angle this object is a diamond, while someone else asserts it is actually an elephant. It is what it is in the absolute sense. To say, however, that this diamond is only a true diamond from the angle you are looking at it, is also absurd. The beauty one person sees may not be the same beauty someone else sees. There is relativity at play in the viewing of the diamond. Thus, truth is both relative and absolute, and most certainly found in the person of Jesus Christ.

During Christ’s Passion, the dialogue between Jesus and Pilate revolves around truth: “Pilate said to him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.’ Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’” (John 18:37-38). The scene just ends abruptly with Pilate’s question to Jesus just hanging in the air. What did Jesus say? What was his response? I can imagine Jesus simply locking eyes with Pilate, and Pilate suddenly realizing he is looking at Truth himself.

You can look at John’s portrayal of this scene through this lens because the night before at the Last Supper Jesus had told his disciples, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). So, the answer to Pilate’s question, “What is truth?” is Jesus himself. Words cannot adequately describe this Word of the Father. So instead of answering Pilate’s question with words, Jesus answers through his profound silence and being.

Let Jesus gaze upon you, my son. His eyes of Truth will pierce your heart and humble you. Truth is a person, and this person is worthy of your affection, obedience, and worship.

 

Love,

Dad

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