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Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” John 18:37-38 New King James Version (NKJV) Our dictionaries define certain words for us and often will provide the antonym (opposite meaning) of the word we look up. The opposite of the word "truth" is "lie." The context of Pilate's question to Jesus regarding "truth" implies he wasn't really looking for Jesus to define the word but rather was dismissing its significance. However, it is interesting to find that in the dictionary the word "truth" is a noun that is described by other words that are all indications of something good. The word "lie" can be used as either a verb or a noun and can be used in various ways - some good and some not so good. Confused? Great. The "truth" will set you free! (John 8:32) God did not send His Son to condemn the world but to save the world (John 3:17). Jesus was not concerned with a title as He was being questioned by Pilate. He already had been given more power from God the Father than Pilate would ever comprehend. In order to save man from sin, He would have to get man to believe the truth of God's plan and He would die on a cross and rise from the dead to make that happen. The plan was and still is for everyone to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and follow Him to receive eternal life in the Kingdom of God. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) Jesus made it pretty clear in His Word how we would know the truth of His Word and He does not lie. He came to teach us how to be discerning of those who do lie. His voice may not be audible to us all right now, but as His truth settles in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, it brings changes to our lives. As we believe and follow Christ, one day we will hear His voice. Listen for it.

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