ohn 2:24, 25 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.
I found these two verses interesting for two reasons. First, it echoes Jesus’ words in chapter one to Nathaniel, “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you” (48). Jesus knows people in general and individuals specifically, including you and me. Second, Jesus was experienced as somewhat private (would not entrust himself). In the other gospels Jesus talks about parables kind of like this; “The disciples came to him and asked, ‘Why do you speak to the people in parables?’ He replied, ‘Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them’” (Matthew 13:10, 11). Jesus knows things we don’t and he isn’t telling everybody everything. We all know those we would describe as a “know it all.” Maybe there are those who would describe us that way. It just isn’t true. We don’t know it all. As a point of faith, we believe Jesus had a different frame of reference than we do. Perhaps we need to learn to humbly trust him.