47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. 48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”
49 And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, 50 nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.
Whom does God use? Whom does God speak through? Here we see God giving a message through the High Priest who wanted to kill Jesus. Caiaphas eventually did just that when he delivered Jesus to Pilate for crucifixion. But before that happened, God spoke directly through this enemy of Jesus!
Perhaps the men who heard Caiaphas that day did not fully understand the significance of what was said, but John, who recorded it, surely understood. Yes, God needed one Man to die for the sins of all of the people. No, the whole nation did not need to perish in their sin. Jesus, the Lamb of God, was going to take away the sin of the world and dying for the nation would provide salvation for all who came to faith in Him. Thank you God for using Caiaphas to proclaim so wonderful a message to us all.
Then John added something to Caiaphas’ words. He told us that Jesus did not die for one nation only, Israel, but He died to gather in one the children of God who were scattered abroad. Those people, my friends, are us. Jesus died for the nation of Israel to save them from their sins. Jesus also died to gather all nations of all generations to Himself so that all people made in His image could be saved.
Throughout the Bible we see the call of God to the Gentile nations. When the Jews rejected Paul he committed his life to reaching the Gentiles with the Gospel of God. Our God is not a one-nation God but is the God of the universe who loves all people of all nations. It was for us all that Christ died and as Caiaphas made this prophecy so we enjoy God’s gift of His Son. Whom can you share this Gospel with today? Ask God to show you someone that you can tell of Jesus Christ, His grace, and His sacrifice for their sin. If God can use Caiaphas, surely He can use us.
Tonight is our regular prayer time and Bible study. Before the kids get back to school come join us for a great time of spiritual warfare preparation. We battle the enemies in prayer then we get fed and strengthened from the Word. The teens are meeting early at my house for a last night with Ben and Anna.
Have a great day in the Lord,