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John 18:37c-38 – Jesus answered, "For this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." "What is truth?" Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said; "I find no basis for a charge against him." (NIV)
John 10:27 – My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (NIV)
Recently, I watched a Christian film entitled Perfect Stranger, based on the novel Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory. Having a great interest in Christian apologetics, I was deeply moved by the movie's presentation of the Gospel. This small but powerful feature film tells the story of Nikki, a successful yet unsettled attorney, who doubts the reality of the Christian faith. She then receives a mysterious dinner invitation from the Lord Himself. Assuming it to be a practical joke, she curiously arrives at the restaurant merely to discover herself engaged in a dispute with Jesus of Nazareth. The interaction and exchange between the two characters is excellent and held my attention. I gained insight from their debate and the key issues that challenge the very foundation of Christianity.
The question of Pontius Pilate still echoes even through the centuries, as many are still asking, "What is truth?" The Apostle Peter advises us,
1 Peter 3:15b – Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (NIV)
Though many Christians fear sharing their faith, many believers are intimidated by the objections of non-Christians who question the accuracy and truth of God's Word. I have also experienced scepticism even from those who claim to be Christians. But with a better understanding of our faith, we can boldly yet lovingly rebuke and correct those who are in error.
In a world with many voices claiming to have the truth or claiming that there is no truth, Jesus reveals that the ones who belong to Him will hear His voice and follow Him. And for those who are still seeking, Jesus said,
Revelation 3:20 – Here I am! I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (NIV)
As the movie portrays, we are all invited to dine with Jesus of Nazareth, who is as real today as He was over 2000 years ago. Let us prayerfully seek answers from Him and respond to the voice of the Holy Spirit. With patience and tenderness, He will then guide us into wisdom and the knowledge of our blessed Saviour.
Prayer: Father, may our lives be a testimony to others that Your Word is truth. And may we be prepared always to give an answer for the hope that is in us. Amen.
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