How did John know? How did he know what the Sanhedrin discussed in secret session when plotting Jesus’ death? How did he know in detail the agreement Judas made with the religious leaders? How did he know in detail what transpired in the discussions Jesus had with Pilate and Herod?
How did her know such things and know them in detail?
We know that Nicodemus, a secret supporter of Jesus, was a member of the Sanhedrin. In all likelihood he at some later date shared with John and the others what he saw and heard behind closed doors, but neither John nor any of the other writers of the New Testament actually tell us that. And Nicodemus would not have been present when either Herod or Pilate were interrogating Jesus.
In any case someone on the inside leaked the proceedings – possibly even more than one someone – and the gospel writers go out of their way to protect their sources. Two thousand years later it is not necessary for us to know who the sources were, but it is pertinent for us to learn an object lesson. That lesson is what Jesus taught in Luke 11:2-3:
There is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoke in the dark will be heard in the light, and whatever you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.
Is there a more appropriate description of the behind the door politics of the plot against Jesus than this? In all the places of secret maneuverings someone was there who told all, and it is conceivable that people behind those doors eventually repented and stepped forward with their stories that are now shared with us.
One take away is to be very careful if you are around a plotter, conniver, conspirator or messenger of division and dissent. What you whisper in secret will be shouted from the housetop. Word will get around one way or anoth
Lenny Cacchio is a resident of Lee’s Summit. He blogs at http://morningcompanion.blogspot.com