Summary: God works behind the scenes. Caiaphas the high priest’s plan to eliminate Christ became part of God’s design to redeem the world. God continues to work through us too as the body of Christ to bring about his ultimate purpose.
Let Christ Bring A Resolution Jn. 11:47-53
There’s always a resolution for your problems. Things can and do come together after all. Ezekiel in the Old Testament (Ezekiel 37) offers an image of life being breathed into dead bones with the result that there is a noise and a rattling sound, and the bones came together bone to bone with tendons and flesh over them and skin. Holy Spirit life is breathed into them, just as Paul reminds us in the epistle (Romans 8:11-19), with Life given to you and me in the risen Christ. In the Gospel,(John 11) we learn the terrible plot concocted by the religious authorities to get rid of Jesus, ended up being the very plan by which God would bring together his scattered children and make them one.
Yes, things really do come together in Christ.
But not always. Such was the case when the chief priests, and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin, the ruling council of 70 to discuss their problem. So many people were flocking to Jesus; he was gaining so much in popularity and power, with miracle after miracle, and his powerful God-breathed teachings, that they were concerned that the ruling Roman government would intervene and take away their power and position, and whatever authority their Jewish nation had. A meeting was held; blame was assigned. Jesus would be come the culprit and the victim, much like a sheep led to the slaughter. Caiaphas, the High Priest, whose very coffin, engraved with his name was discovered a decade ago in Jerusalem when it was accidentally dug up by a bulldozer, spoke up, determined that there would be another grave, and this one, for Jesus: “Don’t you realize it is better for you that one man die for he people than that the whole nation perish?” Caiaphas said.
It reminds me somewhat of the trap law enforcement people run into to quickly assign blame and a culprit, in high visibility murder cases, even when there is little evidence to go on. An innocent person is put in jail. Now and then, you and I face this pressure to assign blame, in the many unresolved issues we struggle with. How quickly, when unable to decipher and solve, or just live with, a problem we’re facing, we fail to trust the Lord for insight, acceptance and resolution. Instead, we grow impatient, and, as the pressure and anxiety builds, we just find someone to blame. We don’t pause for a minute to first shoulder the responsibility ourselves and explore our own sinful shortcomings, one by one, but use a different type of multiplication, we refuse to address the two by four in our own eye, and instead focus on removing the fractional speck from someone else’s. Someone becomes the scapegoat, the focus of anxiety in a conflicted family or organization. Those of us who have been victims of this unconscious strategy in the minds of anxious persons and family systems, have come a long way when we don’t respond in kind, stubbornly and angrily rising to defend ourselves. For, often it may not be about us at all.
There was something that had to be resolved in Jesus time, so they called a meeting.