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Truth lasts forever
Pastor Dave Scharf
by Pastor Dave Scharf
April 16, 2024

There is a legend told about a feast thrown by King Darius of Persia (the Daniel and the lions’ den king). He gathered 127 governors from India to Ethiopia for a huge celebration. Part of the festivities was a contest among four young wise men who were to describe in one sentence the strongest thing in the world. Each wrote his sentence and submitted it. The first one said that wine is the strongest. The second, the king; the third, women; and the fourth, truth. The fourth wise youth explained his reason like this: “Wine, the king, and women are strong, but they are also wicked, and they perish. But truth endures forever. It is the strength, kingdom, power, and majesty of all ages.”

As Christians, we couldn’t agree more. Jesus said, “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me” (John 15:26). Jesus kept his promise to send the Spirit of truth at Pentecost. And what is the Holy Spirit’s favorite topic? Jesus said, “He will testify about me.” Just as on Pentecost when the disciples proclaimed the gospel in languages they did not know, so the Holy Spirit has been speaking truth in every language. And that truth has never changed. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16). That truth lasts forever! 

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