Icon of Christ our Lord,|
"Pantocrator" Ruler of All,
Serbian Monastery Hilander,
Holy Mt. Athos, 13th Century.
What is Truth, or, rather, Who is Truth?
by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Boise, Idaho, USA
The Lord said to Pontius Pilate: “For this cause came I into the World, that I should bear witness to the truth”. “What is truth?” Pilate simply wanted to know.
Pilate was right to ask the question, “what is truth?” There is no answer if we mean the ultimate truth, the foundation of the world’s existence. If Pilate had in mind the original truth, or the truth of truths, he should have asked the question, “Who is truth?” And why? Because truth was standing right in front of him - our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ! How did our Lord answer Pilate? “I am the truth” (St. John Ch 15 v6).
Through the centuries, scientists and philosophers have asked the question “what is truth?” Genuine Christianity, however, has always known that truth isn’t an “it” – truth is a “who”! Christianity in itself is, of course, not a dream but a glorious, dynamic reality. Many scientists and philosophers look upon Christians as ill founded-dreamers, whilst believing that only they stand on the pure ground of the “truth” for which they are forever searching. The Orthodox Church also stands on pure ground, but the important difference is that it has found the truth, and knows that the truth is our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.
Our Lord Himself said to those who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. That promise has never changed, never been taken away. We will be free in our hearts when we finally realize that Christ our Savior loves those who love Him, and His truth. To be a disciple is to follow His teachings and the great examples He set us while He was on this earth, and which we read about in the Holy Scriptures. Our blessed Lord remains with us even till this hour, watching over us with that same love and showing us the way towards our salvation.
The Holy Orthodox Church follows the truthful ways of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, because it faithfully loves the truth, and loves our God. Where there is love for our God, the Apostles, the saints, martyrs, holy Fathers, and one another, then we are in the midst of truth. We have found Him and the true faith!
So many of us spend a lifetime looking for that truth, but the search is made simple for us through the grace of the Holy Spirit. Our Lord Jesus said this about the Holy Spirit: “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth”. (St John Ch 16, v13). The Holy Spirit Himself will abide within us, revealing to us any impurity and “blockage” which may prevent us from coming closer to our loving Savior. So we may be cleansed and forgiven - and what a treasury of blessings it is to be free from sin! So many of us fall daily, and we need the constant presence of the Holy Spirit to remind us Who is the truth, our Savior and life-giver, and to keep us on the path towards our salvation. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord! And blessed is the soul that seeks to know who our Lord Jesus Christ is - the abiding, eternal Truth, and the Life of the world to come.
All of us, during the remaining days of Great Lent, should in our prayers and worship be focused on our Savior Jesus Christ, Who is the Truth, and receiving from Him His overflowing love, compassion, and abundant blessings.
May we all have a spiritually rewarding Holy and Great Lent.
+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
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