So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.
by: Tim Bond.
We are all too aware of certain modern politicians who stir up enemies to the point where they want to destroy the politicians. To understand this comparison, one must accept that Jesus and the Jews were not merely believers of a religious faith. They were also members of the Jewish nation, which had been conquered by the Roman Empire. Thus, there was political logic to Caiaphas suggesting that Jesus should die to save the nation. However, as Christians look back, both religiously and historically, we realize that Caiaphas only saw half of the picture. He had no idea of the saving result of executing the Son of God.