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Pastor Phil Guerena Sr. is on the pastoral staff of Northwest Chapel.
What is life? That is the question that has been bothering people throughout all of history. Many have asked another question in trying to answer this one. What is truth? Others write about paradise lost and paradise regained. Some write about men going crazy looking for this answer and end up fighting windmills. Others have proposed killing all the bad people and leaving only the good ones. But they are good ones and all others are bad. This has caused many wars, but the question remains unanswered.
If the truth were only known, that would certainly give us light. But this concept seems to be manipulated by anyone to say what they want it to mean. Shakespeare gives a good thought, "To be or not to be, that is the question." Apparently, what one believes is what one will do.
When Jesus Christ was being tried by the Roman governor, Pilate, the Roman asked, "What is truth?" Then he turned his back on Jesus and walked away. Jesus proclaimed that He was the truth. Many are like Pilate and turn their backs on Him and walk away. But those of us who turned to Him to find out what He meant were never disappointed, only grateful that we were able to find life. Jesus not only claimed to be the truth but He said that He was life. Many religious leaders have made similar declarations, but their bones are not only mingled with the sands of the earth but also the sands of time. Their religious followers actually go to their burial sites and worship their remains.
Jesus left an empty tomb to confirm His declarations. No founder of any religion ever predicted his resurrection like Jesus did, nor fulfilled it like Jesus did. The Christian faith, the New Testament, and the Christian hope is based on the actual fact that Jesus cheated the grave, the worm and death itself.
Why did Jesus have to die? That was done to give us life. The Bible says that we are all sinners and that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins as God's perfect sacrifice. Now we can live not just knowing that we have to die, but also knowing how to live our lives. Love, forgiveness, mercy, and truth are all Christian concepts as to how we are to exist in our earthly journeys. Accepting Jesus Christ as Savior means realizing that we are sinners and need His truth and guidance in all areas of our lives. He is alive to guide us, love us and advise us. Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Arguably the wisest man that ever existed was king Solomon of the Old Testament.
He said in Ecclesiates 12:13-14, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all. For God will bring every
work unto judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil."