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Light of Life: March 2012

Editorial: POPULATION - P. Abraham

THE CHALLENGE OF THE CROSS - P. Samuel Manoharam

THE CROSS, THE MISSION OF RECONCILIATION - Peter S. C. Pothan

ABIDE IN ME - K. V. Varghese

PROMISES OF GOD AND PRAYER - Mathew Paul

Bob's Banter - THE WHITE CASSOCK..! - Robert Clements

Jesus Asks... "IS THAT YOUR OWN IDEA, OR DID OTHERS TALK TO YOU ABOUT ME?" (JN. 18:34) - Vijay Thangiah

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March 2012

Jesus Asks... "IS THAT YOUR OWN IDEA, OR DID OTHERS TALK TO YOU ABOUT ME?" (JN. 18:34).


Vijay Thangiah

This question is asked by Jesus to Pilate in what can be considered as one of the last intimate, personal conversations that Jesus had with another individual before He was crucified. It was in response to the question that Pilate asked," Are you the King of the Jews?"

Interpretation:
The original Greek reads as "You, are you the King of the Jews?" It reads more as a question of contempt, rather than the sincere search. Pilate really did not want to know the answers, because he finally ends the conversation with the question" What is truth?," meaning there is no such thing as absolute truth - everything is relative.

Jesus asked Pilate this question in order to help Pilate find the truth. He wanted to get through to his conscience. He wanted to know if this idea came from the sentiments of his own mind, or from things he had observed, or was it second-hand information he had received from others. Truth must be known and experienced firsthand.

Jesus was addressing Himself to Pilate's conscience. Do you really desire to act justly? Is it information you are in quest of? Or, are you going to be the tool of those who delivered Me to you?

Application:
When we say "Jesus is God," or "Jesus is the only way," or "Jesus is the Saviour of the world," the Lord will ask us this question," "Is this your own idea or someone else's?"

Knowing the Truth personally is an important issue in life. Many today believe that what is true for one person may not be true for another person. According to a survey, over 75% of professing Christians cannot accept the idea of absolute truth.

Suppose I tell you that there is a truth called the Law of Gravity. This law states that "whatever goes up must come down." Now, suppose that you reject that as being just "my truth." So, you decide to test your theory and leap from a building. It will not take you long to learn that there is such a thing as absolute truth, and that it can be known! Truth is something that is always true!

Abraham Lincoln once used a very clever ploy to teach some people about truth. They had come to him with a decision that was based on suppositions rather than truth. After hearing their logic, Lincoln asked, "How many legs would a sheep have if you called its tail a leg?" They quickly answered, "Five!" The President then said, "No, it would only have four legs. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one."

It is important to know why we believe what we believe about Jesus, so that we have a first-hand knowledge and not a hearsay knowledge.

A hearsay knowledge will easily change and collapse with pressure, but a first-hand knowledge will last forever.

In the first epistle of John, the confident, firm, emphatic expression, "We know," is used at least fifteen times. "We know that we have passed from death to life; we know that God abides in us."

Don't bank your life on other people's ideas - know Jesus firsthand. As we move from hearsay to first-hand knowledge, we shall be the magnifying glass that causes the truth and substance of the Gospel to loom so large as to be both unmistakable and unavoidable. You and I, possessed by the Gospel, will always be the most effective advertisement for the Gospel.




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