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The Truth

I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth
Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1-2,5; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33-37

Sermon Week Christ The King (Thirty-Fourth Sunday) Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 18:37

There is an old story about a rich man who had acquired his wealth through a series of questionable business deals. He decided to enter politics and run for public office. At the height of his campaign, he burst into the office of his opponent and complained, "You are telling lies about me in speeches, and you know it!" To which his opponent replied, "I wouldn't complain if I were you. Would you prefer that I told the truth about you?"

It seems that too many of us love truth less than others hate it. It looks as though one result of our indifference to truth is that there are very few ideals today which we are unwilling to sacrifice. As we forget the true purpose of life -- as we lose our grasp on the fundamental certainties of life -- we also lose the energy to live up to these basic ideals. Because we have lost our passion for truth, we find it difficult to affirm even the fundamental realities of life.

There was once a Man of Love. He went around the country helping people. When he saw unhappy people, he told them, "You were meant to be happy. Love made you. And could Love have meant anything for you but happiness? Then believe that you are the child of Love and claim your happiness!" And the people who believed what he said got a new vision of themselves and their world. The sick people were made whole, and the poor people found the means to meet their needs. And the unhappy people began to sing songs of praise, of Love, and life.

But the people who ran the world did not like what this man was saying. They were fearful that there would be no need for kings and judges if people began to live by Love. They were fearful also that if they had to run the kind of world that Love had made, they wouldn't know-how. "He's a public enemy," they told one another. "He'd overthrow all the existing Institutions, and that [...]

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