You shall know the truth

Among the many game shows that aired on American television, “To Tell the Truth” has an interesting history. It is one of two game shows in the US that have aired at least one episode in seven decades. Can you guess the other one? Sure, go ahead … google it, or just check at the end of this column – but only if you read the whole column. Tell the truth, now.

The whole idea was to feature people who either had an unusual job or had been through strange circumstances. The celebrity panel would question the contestants and try to guess which one of the three was telling the truth.

The latest version airs its first episode on June 14. That means the show has been on for 25 seasons.

Are we infatuated with telling the truth or with game shows?

People refer to truth is some strange ways today. Some will tell you that your truth is not necessarily their truth. Others will say that truth is relative depending on the circumstances. We even have different phrases for not telling the truth:

  • I might have mis-spoke
  • That was taken out of context
  • What I meant to say was …

I grew up when it was a little clearer – not telling the truth meant lying.

Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). He also claimed that He was the truth (John 14:6). So, it seems that the path(or way) to freedom means knowing Jesus.

Using a number of resources this month, we will explore the truth as it concerns Jesus. He remains mysterious, controversial, and provocative. Some dismiss Him … mostly because they make no effort to know Him. Some dismiss Him because of the actions and attitudes of those who claim to follow Him.

When Jesus presented Himself in human form (John 1:14), He came on mission. He did not intend to start another religion. We have enough already. He came to reveal the Father; He came to establish the Kingdom; He came to redeem fallen humanity. He came to present truth.

The truth is that God loved the world so much that Jesus came, full of grace and glory, to rescue us. The truth is we cannot rescue ourselves. The truth is that He came to set us free.

In the game show, the dramatic moment would come when the host would say: “Would the real ______________ please stand up!” Compared to the real Jesus, there are no equals. That’s the truth!

Trivia answer: The Price is Right

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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