John 18: 37 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.”38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.
The Truth at times is a scary thing. Sometimes it frightens us into a ‘see no evil’ way of life. Why? Well, for some of you life’s been incredibly difficult. You have survived what you hope is the worst and have no interest in further suffering.
Denial may be the only coping mechanism you know, and you’d rather endure miserable circumstances than the painful discomfort of change that acknowledging the truth will require. Many people live their lives in the comfort of misery!
Ending denial brings with it the threat of loss. And people sometimes resist seeing the truth and accepting reality because of it. Accepting the consequences of truth may cause the loss of income, possessions, family, friends, or prestige.
What many people seldom recognize, however, is that denial has even worse consequences, like the loss of life, emotionally, spiritually, and sometimes, even physically. Beloved friends, I know at times the truth is scary. But its alternative, denial, is worse than scary, it’s deadly.
Remember, Christ told us that once we hold to His teaching, the truth will set us free (John 8:32)!
For His Glory,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.