The truth is often hidden in plain sight; so close, yet so very far away. It can’t be discovered in debate. It can’t be realized in religion. It must be mastered through a personal relationship.
The first space walk actually occurred on Mars Hill. Stoic and Epicurean philosophers walked there every day, cogitating, ruminating and speculating about the truth. You might say they were spaced out on Mars Hill! Theirs was an impersonal God, out there, somewhere.
A foreign force, a remote ruler, a distant deity. They had even erected an altar with the inscription, “To The Unknown God.”
Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said: “What you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you… in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:23, 28).
Paul is saying, “The truth is right there within your grasp. Come down to earth and enjoy a personal relationship with your Creator.” Some elected to continue their lonely space journey while others “joined him and believed.”
Pilate looked Christ straight in the eye and said, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). That’s a legitimate question. We all struggle with it.
Lenin said, “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” A brilliant scholar said,
“God is dead.” The Beatles said, “We are more popular than Christ.” A well-known religious leader said, “I am the Messiah!” What is truth?
The truth was standing directly in front of Pilate in plain sight, and yet he couldn’t see Him. Why? Because he hadn’t experienced the Truth personally. Paul was standing before King Agrippa witnessing to the power of a changed life, and yet Agrippa could not see Him. Why? Because the Truth cannot be known through persuasion; He must be experienced personally.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Christ never hides. He is always in plain sight calling, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Knowledge in this context requires an intimate personal relationship, one that is guaranteed to bring great joy and fellowship. He doesn’t have to remain hidden. And that’s the truth!
Joe Noland, A Little Greatness