In the history of the Christian church the oldest creed (a set of statements) that survived the earliest efforts to summarize Christianity was the Apostles’ Creed. In the Apostles’ Creed we find something that is a bit unusual–a reference to an historical person other than Jesus. That person who remains notorious and infamous because of it is Pontius Pilate. We read the line, “suffered under Pontius Pilate.” Historians have often asked the question, why did the leaders of the Christian church in the first century want to make a statement about Pontius Pilate? The reason is the leaders considered Pontius Pilate to be an important person in terms of redemptive history-that he was used of God at a particular time, and in a particular place for a particular reason–namely, to bring about the death of Christ that was designed for our redemption. One of the most important statements that came out of the mouth of Pontius Pilate when he met Jesus face-to-face is a brief statement that he made after his interrogation of Christ. He declared to the crowd, “I find no fault in this man.”
Jesus then gives a summary of the purpose of His life and His ministry. “I came that you might have life have and have it more abundantly. I came to give myself as a ransom for many to come to me.” He says, “For this reason have I come into this world, to bear witness to the truth.” To speak the truth, to do the truth, and to tell the truth. If ever the church needed to hear that afresh, it is today. Because we live in a time where the agenda of the church is focused on everything but the truth. Why? Because truth inevitably divides. Truth causes controversy. Martin Luther said, “There can never be the presence of the word of God in this world without there being an uproar in the midst of it.”
How important is truth to you? Are you a person of truth, or are you a person who compromises when faced with truth? As a church, New Covenant, we see that the truth is the New Covenant and Jesus Christ being the Truth. It begins by confessing and realizing that Jesus is who He said He is, “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but through me” (John 14:6).