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John 11:45-56

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The chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council, and said, "What are we to do? This man is performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation." But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all! You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed." He did not say this on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the dispersed children of God. 

John 11:45-56
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    • Caiaphas is afraid that the popularity of Jesus will draw down the wrath of Rome and destroy both the temple – the holy place - and the nation. In his blindness he cannot see that the Jewish people are themselves the temple. Do I appreciate that I too am a temple of the living God? Lord, take away my blindness to that I can see myself as you see me.
    • The chief priests and the scribes – among the most learned people in Israel – did not recognise Jesus. Blinded by prejudice, they decide to put him to death. Do I ever harbour death wishes for another, even sub-consciously?
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    • With dramatic irony, Caiaphas the high priest, a cynical and pragmatic Saducee, spoke wiser than he knew. As one of the rich establishment, he feared that Jesus would disturb the status quo, so he had to be eliminated.
    • Lord, this prophecy touches me too, as one of the dispersed children of God for whom you died.
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    • With dramatic irony, Caiaphas the high priest, a cynical and pragmatic Saducee, spoke wiser than he knew. As one of the rich establishment, he feared that Jesus would disturb the status quo, so he had to be eliminated.
    • Lord, this prophecy touches me too, as one of the dispersed children of God for whom you died.