Friday in the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

John 18:12-14, 19-23

He Had Spoken Openly

Having arrested Jesus, John’s gospel records that the officers first took Jesus to Annas, the father-in-law of Caiaphas.  Annas was the head of one of the most powerful priestly families to hold the high priesthood in that time.  Several of his sons served in that capacity as well as his son-in-law.  We see that the calling of high priest had fallen on hard times when compared to the writings of Moses: Holiness was no longer central, but raw political power.  As Caiaphas said on another occasion, “Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish” (John 11:50).  So Jesus is compelled to run the gauntlet of Annas’ kangaroo court even before he must run the gauntlet of the same style at Caiaphas’ venue.

So Annas questions Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.  (By the way, the fact that Annas questioned Jesus concerning his disciples makes it understandable that the disciples would be so scared after Jesus’ crucifixion.)  But Jesus’ response is less than satisfactory to his hearers and earns him a slap across the face for disrespect.  His answer was simple and true: He had spoken openly in broad daylight in the temple and in the synagogues where all the Jews gather.  Moreover, Jesus could even say that he has spoken on the hills and in the valleys, to Samaritans and pagans alike, in Judea, Samaria, Galilee, and lands predominately Gentile – all of which in marked contrast to the interrogation he was now enduring under arrest and under the cover of darkness which no one knew about other than the priests.

But we leave the injustice of what Jesus was enduring to speak instead of him.  He had spoken openly for all the world to hear.  He was the true light that enlightens everyone (John 1:9).  And he came from the Father to give them the words of the Father, something Jesus said over and again throughout John’s gospel.  Granted, he did say some things to his disciples that they would later proclaim to the world and the Church, but as far as the good news of the Kingdom of God is concerned, Jesus spilled all the beans.  And he spilled them knowing full well that most would reject and would not receive him (John 1:11).  But he still had to spill them, regardless of the cost – and so do we.  The gospel is not supposed to be hid under a basket but is worthy to be proclaimed the world over (Mark 4:21).  Some will listen, some will not, and some will be downright angry about it, and that’s because the goods of the gospel can only be had by repentance and faith.  People want freebies.  And the gospel costs us our lives, but it’s worth it!  Spill the beans.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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