“What is Truth?” Part III

Or, “The All in Life”

.80MOD_IMG_4052“What is truth?” Pilate asked Jesus, the last of 26 times the word truth is used in John’s Gospel. By comparison, Mark and Luke each use it 3 and Matthew once.

The great irony? Pilate was looking at “the Truth.” The previous 25 uses of the word had made this clear.

Standing before Pilate was the man who lived the
fully aware,
fully present,
all in

Repeatedly Jesus said,
“I only do what I see the Father doing.”
“I only say what I hear the Father saying.”
“I came not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.”
“The Father and I are one.”

These sayings speak of a Presence in which Jesus lived.

In this way he manifested “Truth.” Not the truth of concepts or knowledge. Not the truth Pilate seemed to be seeking. But the Truth of living in God.

Jesus invited his followers to join him in living in this truth:
“All who believe into me shall not die forever.”
“You will know that I am in my Father and you are in me and I am in you.”
That is, right now we can abide in God in eternity. Eternal Life right here right now.

This Truth is not just the longevity of eternal Life but its
It calls forth
to be All In.

Remember the Awakened Enthusiast?

mtIMG_3588Comparing the Awakened Enthusiast (see “What is Truth?” Part II) to Jesus before Pilate might seem like the grossest of comparisons. But maybe not.

Isn’t following Jesus not to mimic the particulars of his life? Aren’t we rather invited to follow his all in way of life?

Isn’t this what life infused with the Spirit means? As we
prepare the meal,
bathe the elders,
negotiate the deal,
navigate difficult conversations,
balance the checkbook,
change the diapers, etc.?
And, yes, as we cast the fly, swing the club, and kick the ball?

Don’t moments like “The Perfect Cast” reveal what knowing and experiencing the Truth is?

Aren’t these the moments that set us free and inspire us to live all of life – every moment no matter how difficult and challenging – fully awake, fully present, fully aware, all in?

What is Truth? Truthfully, I really don’t know.

I suggest the Joy of being a child of God. Fully alive in God, living the moment all in, Joy in everything.

Ordinary Life Extraordinarily Lived.

Please don’t forget to engage (= tell God your response and listen for God’s response to you). [If you are new to our blog, a description of our method of “engaging,” which is a method for readying and praying with the Bible, other literature, and life itself, can be found here.].

Grace and Peace,


More to come … Stay tuned for the final installment of “What is Truth?”

About jclark

The Rev. Jim Clark is the Rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. Barnabas on the Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona.


  1. Thank You Jim. The resting in the word works for me – the doing is the difficult part! T

  2. Ethel Sickert says:

    So TRUE. So beautifully presented and said.

  3. Janice Tindall says:

    Yes! Being fully engaged and living in the moment IS joy, and probably as close to “truth”as we are ever going to get as humans. Nature, whether animate or inanimate, and relationships are two of the ways in which it is easiest to feel the presence of God and to lose oneself in the moment, thus coming closer to the way Jesus lived in God.

  4. Elizabeth Garas says:

    (The words that drew me into this post were “truth” and “believe”).

    Isn’t it interesting that throughout history the idea of being uncertain about “truth” is a common theme? I think of how much of Greek tragedy revolves around the oracle of Delphi that gave cryptic answers that were misinterpreted. There are examples in other periods as well.

    One scholar states that the Hebrew word for “truth”, EMeT, is composed of the first, middle and last letter of the alphabet. This implies, he says, that in seeking “truth”, we need to make sure that we have an entire breadth of knowledge. We need to trace the seeds of an issue back to the very beginnings, not skipping any important details along the way, and finally conclude with the end of the story—-that may mean making honest projections into the future. For this reason, we should be wary of “new” ideas that are presented as “truths”. Often a little exploration will reveal that they are just remakes of concepts that brought misery in the past.

    The scripture passage from John3:36a states—“He who ‘believes’ in the son has everlasting life.” (The version in this post says “All who ‘believe’ into me shall not die forever”). A commentary states that the word “believes” here in the Greek is “pisteno” which means TO TRUST. For me, the Bible, with traditional transmission of its meaning, stands as the most “trusted” guide. “The sum of Thy Word is

    The Scriptures are the foundation of my beliefs, and through the revelations of the Holy Spirit, I have become awakened to and aware of God’s presence. The Holy Spirit within me resonates with the Truth of God’s Word. The most precious moments of “knowing” and “experiencing” the Truth are when my will is in harmony with God’s Will. Then I am fully alive and at one with God, as well as at peace. Truth is eternal.

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