What Jesus Did! 'No Private Matter' — John 18:19-21

Friday, November 11, 2022

Inside, the high priest began asking Jesus about his followers and what he had been teaching them. Jesus replied, "Everyone knows what I teach. I have preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple, where the people gather. I have not spoken in secret. Why are you asking me this question? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said."
— John 18:19-21 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus taught openly. He preached to the masses in the countryside. He spoke openly in the Temple courts when he was in Jerusalem. He did not found a secret society built on deception or private meetings. In contrast, Jesus was illegally tried at night away from the people. Jesus, however, is the light. He taught and healed in the open, available for people to accept or reject. In much the same way, the Christian life is not meant to be hidden or kept tucked away. While our goal is never to be obnoxious or pushy about our faith, we also must realize that our Christian life is intended to be demonstrated openly before others so its integrity, godly character, and good deeds will lead others to Jesus.

Today's Prayer

O Lord God, please help the light of Jesus shine through me. May my life be one that brings you glory and may my attitude show that every good thing I have comes from you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 3:16-21
  • John 8:12
  • Matthew 5:13-16


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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.