25 Then they said to Him, “Who are You?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. 26 I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.”
A discussion of the person of Christ and His relationship to the Father is developed in the following verses.
Then they said to Him, “Who are You?”
The Jews asked a question with ridicule about Jesus’ identity. The idea may have been, “Who are you to tell us that we are going to hell?”
And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.
Jesus’ reply to the Jews was to reaffirm what He had said all along. He said in effect, “If you want to know my identity, listen to my words.”
I have many things to say and to judge concerning you,
The words of Jesus were judgment. In this He condemned them.
but [strong contrast] He [the Father] who sent Me is true;
What Jesus said to the Jews was true because the Father who sent Him was true. By rejecting Jesus, they rejected the Father.
and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.”
Jesus spoke only what He heard from the Father. Instead of wasting His time rebuking negative volition, He spent it talking about what the Father told Him to say. The Father speaks through the communication of Christ. If people reject Jesus’ words, they reject what the Father communicates.
There is veracity in the words of Christ.
The incredulity of the lost toward Christ is reprehensible. Jesus did not upbraid those listening to Him but instead He affirmed His mission from the Father. This was a proclamation of His veracity.