Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
“And the truth” – The word “truth” being derived from the word “true” which according to www.etymonline.com is “rooted in the idea of something being “faithful, trustworthy, honest, steady in adhering to promises, friends, etc.,”; “having or characterized by good faith (faithful, trusty)”, a suffixed form of the root *deru- “be firm, solid, steadfast.”; “The sense of “being consistent with fact”; of “being real, genuine, not counterfeit”; of “being conformable to a certain standard” (as true north); Of artifacts, “being accurately fitted or shaped”; Of aim, etc. “being straight to the target, accurate,”, probably from the notion of “being sure, unerring”.”
We often wonder what or who is trustworthy or if we can depend on anything at all. We’re constantly faced with so much division and disagreement over what is true. Many feel that truth is relevant to their own point of view, background, or experiences.
Well, take comfort in knowing that Jesus is telling us that no matter what we experience in our lives, he is faithful, solid, and consistent. There is nothing counterfeit about Jesus and he is the standard against which we can measure the various and confusing ideas prevalent in our world. According to Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” As we look to him, we find the one who keeps every promise, who is our standard (our true north). That is the truth!