Summary: LENT 5(A) - One Man dies for the people because of the plot of a wicked court. One Man dies for the people because of the plan of a perfect Judge.


March 21, 2010 -

Lent 5 -

JOHN 11:47-53

INTRO: “All for one and one for all!” was the boast of the three musketeers. They pledged their allegiance to one another. Whatever was a threat for one of them would involve all of them. Any danger for all of them would be a concern to each as an individual. God’s will for mankind is one-sided. Our Lord God Almighty provides one for all. One man dies for the people. The danger that infects all of mankind is taken away by the sacrifice of one. Once again, we are privileged and blessed to gather around God’s word to see this one Man, this Jesus, our Savior. "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone" (HEBREWS 2:9). God’s grace: Jesus tasted death for everyone.


I. The plot of a wicked court.

II. The plan of a perfect Judge.


A. In John 11 Lazarus dies. Jesus raises Lazarus after 4 days in the grave to live again. Some believe.

1. Verse 47. Others do not rejoice in this miracle of Jesus. The synagogue leaders oppose him.

2. The miraculous signs the leaders once demanded of Jesus now present a problem for them.

B. Verse 48a. Too many will turn away from the leaders to follow Jesus. This could cause trouble.

1. Verse 48b. The leaders think the Romans (= government) will take away their power, place.

2. The Jewish nation might also be in danger. In 70AD the temple and Jerusalem are destroyed.

C. Verse 49. Caiaphas who is in charge speaks up. Caiaphas speaks as if he knows the answer.

1. The answer to save the temple and nation is to offer up Jesus as an appeasement to Romans.

2. This would show the government that the church could take care of itself. A wicked plot.

D. What an amazing display of arrogant power. Even before Jesus’ betrayal and arrest the church leaders put in place a plan to sacrifice one for all. Unknowingly, their wicked plot was to be exactly what the Lord God Almighty had chosen for them to do. Even in wicked plotting, even in selfish conniving, and even in man’s thinking the will of God gets done. The wisdom and the strength of man really never match the wisdom and strength of our gracious God. "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong"(1 CORINTHIANS 1:27).

E. Man plots to fulfill his desires and motives. The wickedness of mankind in treating one another goes on generation after generation. Man’s evil does not undo the will of God. Joseph’s father favored him so much that his brothers hated him. Rather than kill Joseph he was sold into slavery. In Egypt Joseph was falsely accused and falsely imprisoned. Eventually Joseph became the second most powerful man in the world. A severe famine reunited Joseph and his family. At the death of their father Joseph’s brothers were worried that Joseph would finally want to get his revenge for their wicked actions against Joseph 20+ years earlier. "But Joseph said to them, ‘Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives’" (GENESIS 50:19,20). (See Genesis 37ff for the complete account.) Man’s plotting is often only wicked.

F. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is why every generation has leaders that grab all the power they can once they are in control. Part of being in power is the feel of control. Today we can all too easily think that we are the masters of our own destinies. We like to think that we are the ones in control. "Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One" (PSALM 2:1,2). How true that we conspire and plot against God. Our nation stands against God and the sanctity of human life. Abortions are done in the name of convenience. Millions have been slaughtered.


The plot of a wicked court unknowingly does God’s will..


A. The Sanhedrin was made up of 70 members considered to be religious leaders for the synagogue.

1. The Sanhedrin meets here to selfishly try and preserve their self-important positions. .

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