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Long ago and not that far away, a band called Jefferson Airplane released a song entitled, Somebody to Love. It was one of their two hits, but they were both favorites during the hippy, psychedelic music era. Their other song was White Rabbit, which claimed that in the book Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll sure seemed to be familiar with mind-altering drugs. The last line was, “Remember what the dormouse said. ‘Feed your head.’” Hippies knew that meant, “Take acid, psilocybin, or a hallucinogen that will enlighten you.” So, although Jefferson Airplane was pretty much a two-hit wonder, we loved them. They understood us and told the truth.

Jefferson Airplane’s Somebody to Love begins with this line: “When the truth is found to be lies, and all the joy within you dies.” The bridge is, “Your eyes, I say your eyes, may look like his. Yeah, but in your head, baby, I’m afraid you don’t know where it is.” Again, we all knew what Grace Slick meant when she sang this. There were some people in the U.S. who knew where “it” is. That would be us, the hippies—actually, we called ourselves “freaks.” Hippy was quickly compromised by the culture, and we dumped it. Everybody else, well, they were straight, which in those days meant non-drug-taking, clueless, short-haired, and not “turned on” people. We were the laid-back, weed-smoking, peace-baby, long-haired, non-beer-drinking, non-aggressive, not-loud, back-to-the-land-and-nature folk. We didn’t know who the pathetic loser Grace was singing to, but it sure wasn’t us. We knew the truth and had discovered that many of the “straight” truths we’d been taught were found to be lies.

Unfortunately, as we discovered drugged-out years later, the Jefferson Airplane’s “truth” was found to be a lie, too.

Today, the truth seems even harder to find than it was then. We, in our misguided search for what was real, didn’t trust the government, the police, or “the man.” But, as far as I remember, we didn’t mistrust the press like we do today. Is it possible to find a non-biased news report? It seems like we’re learning more what Pilate was experiencing in his hyper-charged political environment when he asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Pilate put this question to Jesus after He said, “Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice” (John 18:37).1

But what is this truth?

Well, Jesus said He was. As you may know, He proclaimed, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

We’ll discover more about the nature of this truth by reading the verses prior to His way-truth-life proclamation (John 14:1-4). In them, Jesus told His disciples they shouldn’t be troubled because He was going away to prepare a place for them and would then come and take them to Himself. He said they already knew the way to where He was going. But Thomas, confused, asked, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” (John 14:5). This is when Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” He’s the way to where? The Father and His heavenly kingdom. It’s not that He knows the way or can show the way to the Father—He is the way. He is that truth, the absolute, permanent, eternal truth. Only He—none other—can bring us to the Father and His eternal kingdom. No other truths on this earth will accomplish this, although we hear many lies declaring otherwise.

But what about practical, right-here-on-earth realities? He will guide us, but facts and principles concerning His creation: metallurgy to be a great welder, food prep to be a good cook, and math and physics to grasp quantum mechanics—we will need to read the books. But those temporary things are not Jesus’ concern in the John 14 passage. Eternity with the Father is. The metallurgy, culinary, and physics truths that are so necessary now, will all drop away when you stand before God. Jesus didn’t think He needed to explain this. To Him, all significant matters of truth are eternal. Read what He told Isaiah to cry aloud: “All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:6–8).

The truth.

Jefferson Airplane didn’t have it. The hippies didn’t have it. The media doesn’t have it. Lots of lies swirling around and, ultimately, eternal insignificance. Only Jesus, the word of God, has it—forever. It will never change.

 

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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