People are extremely cynical about truth today, especially when it comes to leaders. At this very moment, our own political leaders are under intense scrutiny about extremely serious allegations, and uncomfortable questions have been raised about who knew what, and when. Sadly, it is a pattern repeated far too often in all parts of the world and most of us are jaded when it comes to truth.
Is there any hope we can trust something a leader tells us?
Yes, there is – but to answer that, I must take you back over two thousand years.
Confronting the doubts some people had about the resurrection, Paul states that if it is not true, then he, and the rest of the Apostles, have been lying about God.
This is a sensational claim!
In their wonderful book, The Cross is not Enough, Ross Clifford and Philip Johnson identify the main theme of the Apostles’ preaching – the resurrection of Jesus. Based on a study of the Apostles’ sermons found in the New Testament, the authors explain:
- The themes of Christ’s Lordship, forgiveness, repentance, witness, and judgement make up 63% or less of the content of their preaching.
- Content about Christ fulfilling Old Testament prophecy and His death and suffering are equal at 88%.
- The only topic that occurs 100% of the time in Apostolic preaching is the resurrection of Jesus!
We have already noted how the Apostles died – they would never have knowingly done so for a lie – what they taught and how they lived is a consistent model of truthfulness and integrity.
And behind them stands the Eternal God of truth Who raised His Son from the dead.
This gives us wonderful hope they were not lying, but the implications of their message are serious because it concerns our eternal destiny.
One day, we will all stand before the resurrected Jesus to account for our life in the light of His revealed truth.
And that is no lie…
For reflection: Think of a leader you respect. What are the character qualities you admire about him or her?
For further reading (highly recommended): The Cross is not Enough by Ross Clifford and Philip Johnson.