Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.
Jesus wasn’t going around holding secret meetings, trying to subvert the religious establishment or undermine the Roman government. He wasn’t sharing His truth with a select and privileged few. He wasn’t hanging out in remote places where people had to struggle to find Him. But He spoke openly to the world. He was in the most populated places, where all the rest of the Jews were. He went around to every city and spoke in every synagogue and preached in the temple. He was open and available, and He wanted people to hear what He had to say to them.
Everyone knew what Jesus was claiming and what He was saying. And now it just comes down to whether they will accept it as the truth it is or reject it as a lie. That question of Pilate’s hangs over the whole account of the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus: “What is truth?” If it is God’s truth, then they were in dangerous territory for rejecting it. If they will only believe their own version of the truth, they will never see the absolute truth that He was proclaiming to them. But if they would believe Jesus, their whole lives would change.
God has been proclaiming His truth since He created mankind. He was very open and honest with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden about what they were to do. He made clear the law to Moses. He spoke through the prophets over the centuries even as the people turned away from Him. And now Jesus had come and told them only the truth. He had proclaimed the words of God to people everywhere. And today we have His completed Word to know exactly what we need to know. He has never hidden His truth or tried to deceive us. He’s always laid everything out and then left it up to us.
What have we done with the truth God has proclaimed? Have we refused to hear Him, or have we accepted it as the very truth of God? Do we believe what He has said? We have such a privilege to have the Word of God available to us today. Let us read it and study it and seek to know it ever more. These are the words of God spoken to us. This is God communicating with us. They are His words of life spoken openly to us so that we may know Him and believe on Him. So may we seek to know all that God has said and build our lives upon that truth.