Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                     John 18:19-21

The evening wore on as the guards marched Jesus into the home of the high priest. The setting was private, it was the dark of night, and there were no witnesses present. According to Jewish law, the situation required this line of questioning be held in the synagogue in broad daylight with a public audience. Two or more witnesses were also necessary. This treatment was an injustice.

Jesus is the Truth. And even at this moment, He responds in a way that calls them out. “I have spoken openly to the world.” The high priest has kept this private. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret.” The high priest brought Jesus to his private residence away from the Jews. “Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.” There was no witness present.

The perfect man exemplifies the ideal defense. The truth is calmly on His lips at all times. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we must do the same. Being a man like Him means living in the truth as He did.

DO THIS TODAY: speak, think, and act truthfully in all circumstances.

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