John 16:5-14

Monday, September 24, 2018

To Tell the Truth

Facing the Future

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13

The television game show, “To Tell the Truth,” has aired for 26 seasons, continuously from 1956-1978 and intermittently since. Originally released on CBS, it is now in its third season on ABC. It is one of two game shows in the United States to have aired at least one new episode in each of the last seven decades. In each episode, four celebrity panelists are presented with three contestants all of whom claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, achievement, or job. One is sworn to tell the truth while the others are not. The panelists take turns grilling the contestants until they vote on the character they think is telling the truth.

When looking to the future, Jesus wanted his disciples to know that when he left their physical presence, The Father would send the Holy Spirit “to tell the truth.” The disciples were about to experience a series of difficult circumstances brought about by the death of their beloved leader. It was important for them to understand that amidst the fake news and false information that would swirl about them, they could count on the Holy Spirit to help them discern the truth and move confidently into the future. The Holy Spirit serves the same task for us today. Modern culture often clouds the direction we are to take in life. Many people will claim to tell us the truth, but it is the Holy Spirit who will guide us safely down the road ahead.