Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.
‘In secret have I said nothing.’ To modern ears, that is the phrasing of a question: In secret, have I said nothing?
It’s not a question, but what if it is? Did secret words pass between Jesus and his Father?
The esoteric tradition has deep roots in Christian tradition. Is what he said aloud and which can be repeated by the listening, madding crowd also a kind of secret, because there is a secret meaning that is not shared widely?
And his priests are instructed to carry all of our most terrible secrets – carry our secrets to their graves. In a sense, all secrets are shared only with God, so a priest is an eavesdropper burdened with secrets between the sinner and God.