John 16: Jesus Communicates Clearly

Some have suggested Jesus spoke in some secret codes or attempted to communicate hidden messages through his words. Even those listening when Jesus walked the earth sometimes wondered what was being communicated.

On the last night Jesus spent with his disciples, however, he spoke directly. The result? His disciples responded:

“Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”

Jesus spoke clearly. He knew all. The conclusion is that he came from God.

There is a helpful lesson here for us, too. We often confuse faith by communicating vague notions of ethics or morality rather that clearly stating information about the things of God. Yet Jesus provided the example for us in speaking directly to answer the questions of his followers.

We are called to do the same. We must love well and teach well. When we speak of the things of God, of ultimate reality, we must communicate the message well.

Jesus communicates clearly.


Dillon Burroughs is the author or co-author of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of the New Testament in 2011 at Find out more about Dillon at or

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