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Daily Reading: 8th February 2015

John 11.49-53 cont.

49 Now one of them, Caiaphas, being the high priest for that year, said to them: “You don’t know anything.”

50 Neither do you consider that it is better for us that one man should die on behalf of the people so that not all of the nation should perish.

51 but he did not say this from himself, but because he was high priest for that year he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the nation.

52 and not only for the nation, but also that He might gather into one the scattered children of God.

53 Then from that day they conferred together how they might kill Him.

There are occasions when God will use us and others, but we may be unaware of it.

Caiaphas brought a prophecy, but he appears to not to have been aware of it. He informed the council that it would be better for them to have Jesus disposed of in order for the nation to be saved from the terror that the Romans could impose upon them for the unrest that they felt Jesus would bring.

The thoughts of Caiaphas were centred on saving the nation.

The mission of Jesus was also to save the nation, and the whole world.

The attention of Caiaphas was to secure the saving of the nation through preventing political unrest or rebellion.

The focus of Jesus was to save the whole world from death through giving His life as an atonement for our sins.

What Caiaphas said was prophetic, but in his eyes it was a practical way of solving a difficult social and political problem.

John made the point that Caiaphas had said this because he was the high priest, and, although he may have said it as a practical solution, God had inspired Him to say it as a prophetic word regarding the salvation of the Jews, and the Gentiles.

W Barclay tells us that the council (Sanhedrin) was made up of Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees were non political, whereas the Sadducees were the wealthy and upper class people. They collaborated with the Romans. Those who were priests were Sadducees.

The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, so they had a problem with Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. It challenged their theology. Therefore, as a group, they would have been keen to be rid of Jesus.

Caiaphas would have been a Sadducee. He would have seen Jesus as a threat to his and the rest of the Sadducees ease of relationship with the Roman authorities. Any unrest would bring the displeasure of Rome upon them, with their possible removal from the status that the Romans allowed them.

As far as he was concerned he was more anxious about the loss of their own power and influence.

Caiaphas was not concerned with the will of God, but with his own position and status.

Determining the will of God and pursing it must always be our first priority in all we do.

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