What is the truth?

February 23, 2009

by Pastor G. Koivukangas, Laestadian Lutheran Church, Cokato

Dear neighbor, has there been distress in your life?

Have you been worried over the troublesome times that we are in the midst of? Do you have worries over your livelihood and future?

The once flourishing and seemingly secure economy has become very unstable and lethargic. Politics and policies are debated and in question. So much uncertainty, turmoil, and unanswered questions – what is the truth?

Jesus teaches us that in the midst of temporal distress and difficulties, simply, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added onto you.” (Matt 6:35)

The Savior proclaimed the gospel of the kingdom of God, the joyous message of saving love to sinners. Thus, Jesus Christ took mastery of men’s hearts with His forgiveness. The power of slavery to sin gave way.

The call of the kingdom resounded: “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15). “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” (Matt 4:17) “The Lord Jesus commanded his disciples also to proclaim in the same manner.” (Matt 10:17)

The kingdom of heaven is the one and same eternal kingdom of God. It is a kingdom of grace in this time, and the kingdom of God’s glory in heaven. We reach the glory of heaven through the grace kingdom here on earth.

The way of Jesus was a road of speaking and teaching of the kingdom of God. On the other hand, it was a way of suffering and pain. It was also a way of humble prayer, a bearing of men’s sin burden, the way of a mediator. The way of Jesus led to His death on the cross, but He rose a victor from death’s grave and hell. In the risen Christ, we have a way to everlasting life.

The way of a follower of Jesus is a way of joy. It is also a way of suffering and pain, which will lead to the glory of heaven.

Yes, dear friend, around us is much turmoil and tumult. Man is seeking the truth. It is sought after in many ways, even by scientific means. But it does seem that the truth is not found.

The wisdom of man has its bounds. The mysteries of God are higher than the wisdom of man. Jesus has said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed: and ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31, 32)

The Lord also spoke of the Spirit of Truth, “How be it when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13)

In the kingdom of God, the Spirit of Truth is the best teacher and indicator of the way to heaven. Seek after this truth.