In the history of the Christian church the oldest creed that survived to summarize Christianity is the Apostles’ Creed. In the Apostles’ Creed, we find something a bit unusual—a reference to an historical person other than Jesus. That person 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 by God for a particular reason—namely, to bring about the death of Christ that was designed for our redemption.
Jesus gave a summary of the purpose of His life and His ministry when He said, “I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” He said, “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 needs to hear that afresh, it is today. We live in a time when 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 compro-mises when faced with truth? As a church, New Covenant, we understand that the Truth is Jesus Christ. This understanding 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).