I will be preaching again today from one of John’s letters, 3rd John. A couple of Sundays ago I preached a message on the Truth of Jesus. When John uses the word “TRUTH,” he is always talking about Jesus. Truth is not necessarily about ideas, facts or events that really happen. Truth to John is a person who God sent to this world to redeem mankind from sin, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). There is only one truth that will insure your place in heaven and His name is Jesus.
Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Pretty much all of the honest truth-telling in the world is done by children.” While sitting in the doctor’s office, a lady rolled an elderly man in a wheel-chair into the room. She stepped up to the receptionist desk leaving the man sitting alone. A little boy slipped off his mother’s lap and approached the man. Placing his hand on that of the old man, he said, “It’s OK mister, my mom makes me ride in the stroller too.”
Jesus is the one who takes hold of your hand and always tells you the honest truth. John said, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). You get no clearer message of truth than what God did when He sent us His Son. Jesus pulls no punches. He never masks or exaggerates truth. Jesus always tells you exactly the way it is. Jesus is the truth.
Today we will be looking at the “Compelling Power of Truth,” 3rd John 1-8. John says that truth fills you with joy. It always promotes Christian hospitality. Truth produces the rich fruit which is ours when we share the gospel. You will be encouraged by the effective work of truth in your life as Jesus makes it a living reality every day. Truth will not fail you. The truth of Jesus will accomplish what God’s purpose as it works through you. Our job is to learn the blessing of walking in the joy, hospitality and fruit of Truth day-by-day.