Jesus told them: "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but wiall have the light of life." The Pharisees complained, "You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true." Jesus answered, "Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don't know these things...John 8:12-14
Jesus comes as a witness, about himself and about God. His truth comes from the Father:
"I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me." (verse18
Jesus' truth comes through the Father and has its beginnings and endings in the Father. In fact, Jesus claims to be the very evidence of the Father. If you know Jesus (and the truth he tells) then you know the Father and His truth.
With competing priorities and half-truths (i.e. lies) continually around us, we need foundational truth. This includes half-truths about our very identities. Thus, truth becomes significant in our thoughts about our value and worth and thus our identity.
As "Word of God," Jesus expresses God's foundational truth. This can be seen in his teaching, his life, his death and resurrection. This Word include what is accepted as Scripture formally and what is revealed by Jesus Holy Spirit, which he promised. I must live by this pentultimate truth.
Thank you, Lord, for Jesus, your written Word and the continued conversations. I need you, Father, every moment!