Jesus always goes to the root issue. He exposes hatred as murder, lust as adultery, treachery hidden behind paperwork, and now the truth behind a dishonest system of swearing. We might think false words or flippant oaths are “just words.” How can this be on par with red letter sins? But words come from our innermost selves and reveal our condition: “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” No different than spin, yellow journalism, and fake news, words had been cheapened in Jesus’ time. He came to give us Himself—the truth—and set us free from lies.