John 11: 45-53

Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.

“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many miraculous signs, If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

Then, one of them named Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than the whole nation perish.”

He did not say this on his own, but as the high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

A Though

Many Jews had witnessed Lazarus being raised from the dead–some then put their faith in Jesus while others went to tell the Pharisees of the miracle Jesus had done. Out of fear that the Romans would take their authority and positions away, the Sanhedrins called a meeting to decide what had to be done to stop this Jesus. They then plotted to kill Jesus after the high priest, Caiaphas gave them a word of prophecy that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation and also the scattered children of God and that God would bring them together to make them one. By the death and resurrection of Jesus, all that believe will live together as one when Jesus rules his kingdom.

Our Prayer

Father out of your great love for all mankind, you sent Jesus Christ, your Son, to be the blood sacrifice to pay the price of all our sins whether we are Jew or Gentile making it possible to receive eternal life with you. In our world of uncertainties, thank you for being faithful to fulfill all of your great promises to each of us. Awaken us to trust and obey you, in Jesus’ name, amen.