“Caiaphas, who high priest at that time, said, “You do not know what you’re talking about! You don’t realize that it’s better for you that one man should die than for the whole nation to be destroyed.” He did not say this on his own; as high priest at that time he was led to prophesy that Jesus would die for the entire nation.”
A few verses before this passage in John 11, Jesus miraculously heals Lazarus after he had been dead for around 4 days. Jesus yet again showed that He was more than just a good teacher but the Son of God, a statement spoken by Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus.
However, the Pharisees were not happy with Jesus’ miracles. They did not deny that Jesus healed Lazarus and many others. Yet they were so worried about their own reputations, that people were following Jesus’ teachings and not theirs, and so worried about the Roman army, that they missed on who Jesus really was. In fact, their anger was so great that they wanted to kill Jesus.
Amazingly, the Holy Spirit put the words in Caiaphas the high priest’s mouth, that one man (JESUS) would eventually die to save the entire nation. The difference was that salvation was not from the rule of the Roman Army or the saving of the temple in Jerusalem, rather it was the saving of every nation’s sins, that all men could know God personally and intimately.
Ultimately, the Pharisees did get their way and Jesus was crucified. More importantly, however, is that God’s ultimate plan for mankind was fulfilled, when Jesus rose again. He really did save the whole nation of Israel; not just Israel but “all the children of God scattered around the world” (v52).
Will you stand with Martha and declare that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of God, the One who has come into the world from God”? Will you acknowledge that Jesus died not only for the entire nation’s sin, but also yours personally? Jesus is calling, what is your answer?