Wednesday, January 28, 2015

John 18:20 -- On the Open Access Gospel

"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."
John 18:20

This is after Christ's betrayal by Judas, when he was sent to Caiaphas the high priest, before being delivered to Pilate.  The high priest asks him of his doctrine, and this is how Jesus answers him.  In some ways, I think that it's Jesus saying "you already know; let's just get this pretense over with."  I like though the idea here of open access... that God doesn't have anything to hide.  Not saying that I want to see videos of our personal lives broadcast on the jumbotron... private and secret are different things.  But I think Christ was making the point that God's truth is for the whole world, not just a few.  He wants everyone to know his word and his gospel.  We still have to take the 101 classes and work our way up before we can understand the graduate material, but the textbooks are available to all, and admission is free.  Can you imagine being one of those people sitting in the synagogue listening to him in person?  Or seeing him in the temple, and having him take the time to guide and help us?
Today, let's take advantage of the fact that the gospel is available to all, and let's learn all we can.  Let's study and search the scriptures as our textbooks.  Let's go to church and attend the temple as our institutions of learning.  Let's learn all we can and help each other.  And let's talk to God in prayer and accept him in our lives as a teacher... someone who knows more than we do about all of this, and who is willing to take time for us all, individually.

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