“I am the truth.”


“Jesus said “I am the truth,” which we mistakenly turned into some kind of a theological proposition about God, the gospel, eternal life, etc… Jesus confronted this mentality when he scolded the religious leaders for burying their heads in the scriptures while missing the truth that Jesus was… lived… expressed. Jesus’ words “I am the truth” have so many layers of profound significance that many Christians never discover because they plug these words into some sort of formula for “being saved” or theological litmus test. We have pressed no further than the foot of Mt. Everest, when it comes to these words of Jesus, and speak as though we have reach the summit.”

Jim Palmer, Notes From (over) The Edge

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  1. JustJohn says:

    awe, c’mon jim… where’s a nifty like button? i simply like/agree and didn’t want to say any more than that. but i shall, since i’m here (and maybe that’s your intent?)…

    when we practice worship/adoration/whatever by soundbite, we miss the entire damned point as much as when we jump to conclusions about another person based on one-thing said. it is disingenuous of us, and spiritually lazy, so sayeth i.

  2. Mark Kern says:

    I Have used the analogy of a mountain with a cave part way up and people waving other into the cave (of safety) for the path up the mountain is fraught with danger and the “truth” or what ever is at the top is not really to be sought after by exploring and moving up the Mtn. but here in the cave we who have never been to the top will tell you what is at the top and you must simply trust us and be save in the cave.

    So I was happy to see you use a similar analogy Jim.

    JustJohn, I agree that we often leap to answers rather then endure our fear of not knowing while remaining in the question for a time.
    And some questions we may never in this lifetime have answers to.

  3. sonworshiper says:

    I get the negative position on Christians making this a soundbite and potentially missing the significance of the statement. But I feel like you tell us more what you think the statement is not than what it is. Jesus condemned the Pharisees not for simply missing the truth He lived and expressed but for searching the Scriptures for life and missing the fact that the Scriptures testify of Him (John 5:39-40). He was the truth of various prophecies, like when He read Isaiah 61 and declared that passage fulfilled. I’m sure there’s much to glean from the passage in question, but I also think it’s pretty clear He’s saying something important about God, and the gospel (“no man can come to the Father except through Me”) and eternal life. Maybe I’m missing what you’re trying to say, though.

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