John 18.19-21 cont.
19 Then the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples and about His teaching.
20 Jesus replied to him: “I have spoken plainly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews come together, and I spoke nothing in secret.
21 Why do you question Me? Ask those who have heard what I spoke to them, since they know what things I said.
Most of us will know the acronym: KISS, meaning: ‘keep it simple stupid’. I remember the first time I heard this; it was while I was training to become an Approved Driving Instructor. Emphasis was being placed on the necessity of keep all instructions as simple as possible. This is especially true when giving instructions to a pupil while they are actually driving the car. Pupils need to hear and immediately understand, and then act appropriately at the correct time.
Plain, simple, and easily understandable tuition is needed.
Jesus told the high priest, Annas, that He spoke plainly to the world. Without doubt Jesus is the greatest teller of meaningful stories that there has ever been. Every parable was immediately understood by those who heard Him tell them, and they are still understood today.
Jesus reminded the high priest about this. He stated that his teaching was for all to hear, both in the synagogues and in the temple. He did not have fringe meetings to which only a selected few were invited. The content of His eternal massage was so great that it needed to be heard by the largest possible audience.
We also know that Jesus did not restrict Himself to the synagogues or temple; we know that He went out into the countryside and taught people the truth of the kingdom of God. We know that on one occasion He used a boat to preach His message of salvation.
There was nothing secret about what Jesus had been saying.
Matthew records the openness of Jesus in Galilee:
Jesus travelled throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching everywhere the Good News about the Kingdom. And He healed people who had every kind of sickness and disease – Matthew 4.23 (NLT).
The gospel of Jesus is a message for the whole world. This is why the Church of Jesus Christ has to be evangelistic; we have to be a people who are enthused about letting others to know the good news that Jesus came to save sinners. It’s an open message. There is nothing secretive about the gospel of Jesus.