25th  November 2018 : Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe
Jesus Christ the King: Born to bear witness to the truth
In our world where truth finds no place in our dictionaries and in our day to day living, Jesus attests that his kingdom rests on TRUTH. This is like going contrary to the waves. Today’s leadership and politics has LIES as a foundation and TRUTH is relegated to the background. In a postmodern world that denies that truth can be known, Jesus’ assertion of TRUTH in the Gospel has a preeminent place. Contrary to the philosophy of our time, Jesus attests that there is such a thing as absolute, objective, knowable truth in the spiritual realm. Such truth is true whether you feel it’s true or not. It’s true whether you like it or not. It’s true whether you believe it or not. In the dialogue between Pilate and Jesus, the latter attests firmly: ‘Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.’ What is truth? 
From the Greek word aletheia, truth literally means to “un-hide” or “hiding nothing.” It conveys the thought that truth is always there, always open and available for all to see, with nothing being hidden or obscured. It evokes “firmness,” “constancy” and “duration.” John MacArthur, in his book, The Truth War, drawing from the scriptures, offers this definition of truth: “Truth is that which is consistent with the mind, will, character, glory, and being of God. Even more to the point: truth is the self-expression of God…. Therefore God is the author, source, determiner, governor, arbiter, ultimate standard, and final judge of all truth. 
The trial of Jesus almost two thousand years ago was based on LIES. Jesus, the Truth was judged by people who were devoted to lies like Annas and Caiphas. Many false witnesses came forward to speak against the Truth, yet nothing could be proved and no evidence of wrongdoing could be found. Regardless, Caiaphas declared the Truth guilty because the Truth claimed to be God in the flesh, something Caiaphas called blasphemy. Jewish Sanhedrin pronounced the Truth should die. However, the Jewish council had no legal right to carry out the death penalty, so they were forced to bring the Truth to the Roman governor at the time, a man named Pontius Pilate. As the Truth stood before Pilate, more lies were brought against Him. His enemies said, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a King” (Luke 23:2). This was a lie, as the Truth had told everyone to pay their taxes (Matthew 22:21) and never spoke of Himself as a challenge to Caesar. Pilate condemned the truth to death. Even to the point of death, Jesus Bore witness to the truth. 
This feast of Christ the King is about bearing witness to the truth.  It is about integrity.  Jesus Christ is the truth, and the way, and the life (cf. John 14). We are called to follow the style and modus operandi of Jesus. We must accept the truth as the value of discipleship. The Bible calls God “the God of truth” (Ps. 31:5; Isa. 65:16). It is impossible for God to lie (Titus 1:2). We are to “practice the truth” (John 3:21). We are sanctified by God’s Word, which is the truth (John 17:17). We are to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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