I heard someone say the other day that they used to read the news to find out the facts of a story, so they could decide what to believe about it. They went on to say, “Now if I read the news I’m told what to believe about something, and then have to decide if there are any facts behind it”. Fake news is everywhere. It’s compounded by the unfortunate reality that most of us are fed “news” that someone else (or some algorithm) thinks we want to hear – hence the phrase “echo chamber”. Life gets very complicated and confused when we can’t trust our sources of information.
What Jesus has to say is very different. “….you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32). There is something very liberating in knowing the plain truth, and living in accordance with it (even if it isn’t what we want to hear – just ask anyone who is suffering physically). Jesus made the startling claim that He himself is the truth (John 14:6); that the path to true freedom is to know him. Who did he promise would be freed by the truth? What he says immediately before tells us: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Let’s live the promise!