Tomorrow, we finish the prologue of John’s Gospel as we look at John 1:14-18 and consider the message “Find Your Truth.” We will explore the theme of truth from the last five verses of the prologue.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. (John 1:14-18 ESV)
What is truth?
See Jesus before Pilate. Read the conversation between them in John 18:28-31. “Veni, vidi, vici” – “I came, I saw, I conquered” is the working principle of the world Pilate belonged. People found truth in the absolute power of the Roman emperors during Jesus’ time. What is your operating truth in your world? People find truth in names, brands, and stories – in who they are and what they do. Believe in yourself sounds good and grand until you know deep down in your heart that you can’t handle the truth.
Find Your Truth in the Signs
Feel the happiness when you see a wedding party, the wonder of new birth, the intimacy of friendship, the strength from healing, the miracle of abundance, the magic of walking on water, the vision of clarity, and the power of resurrection. The gospel of John begins with an introduction from chapter 1:1-18 and ends with an epilogue from chapter 21:1-25. Chapter 1:19 to chapter 12:50 forms the book of signs. You are invited to find your truth in the signs of grace and glory.
Find Your Truth in the Story
Hear the story of love and betrayal, “I am’s,” the Holy Spirit, praying to the Father, denial by friends, the death of deaths, and salvation. Chapter 13:1 to 20:31 forms the book of story. Believe the truth that handles you and all of your burdens. Find your truth in the story of love and mercy. Jesus is the Christ in whom you find your name, meaning, and purpose. You are invited to the story of Jesus where you come alive, confident, and courageous to become the truth – Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
Join us to hear the full sermon tomorrow at 77 Post Irvine, CA 92618
Worship service starts at 1 pm.