The Gospel of John 11:45-57 (Caiaphas states an epoch prophecy without knowing it) – Angelic Wars

The Gospel of John 11:45-57 (Caiaphas states an epoch prophecy without knowing it)


 

We see the real impact of Lazarus in John 11:45-57

45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 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 signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”

49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. 53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

54 Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.

55 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. 56 They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the festival at all?” 57 But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why were the chief priests and Pharisees afraid of Jesus’s popularity from performing miracles?
  2. What did John, the writer, mean when Caiaphas’s prophecy?
  3. Do you think it is proper, at times, to preach the Word to individual persons out in public?



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Rick says April 30, 2024

Rick’s thoughts:

1. Why were the chief priests and Pharisees afraid of Jesus’s popularity from performing miracles?

The Pharisees believed Jesus was performing miracles but were afraid of him because his popularity would gather the people and threaten the Roman rule causing Romans to inflict bloodshed. There had already been a history of the Romans persecuting the Jews during previous rebellions. This was Passover when a million people were in the city

2. What did John, the writer, mean when Caiaphas’s prophecy?

Caiaphas was a Sadducee, governing with Pharisees, and was installed by the Roman government to keep peace among the Jews. He was prophesizing (unknowingly through the Holy Spirit) that it was better for one man (Jesus) to die than all of humankind. Jesus ended up dying for the sins of all humankind, which benefitted everyone.

Caiaphas’ intentions of saying this, however, was to avert a Roman backlash which would have occurred if Jesus raised a revolt to over through the Romans. This came in 70 AD when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the temple, and in 132 AD during the Bar Kokhba revolt when the Romans decisively ended the entire Jewish State of Israel by destroying the whole country.

3. Do you think it is proper, at times, to preach the Word to individual persons out in public?

I am a firm believer of not imposing my faith on others, but God does open doors in certain situations. The first step is to always preach the Word of God through behavior that resonates with what is taught in the Bible. To be self-righteous is not what Jesus, and other authors of the Bible taught.

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