Political reasons


John 11:45-53

Joh 11:45 That was why many of the Jews who came to Mary and experienced what he did believed in him.

Joh 11:46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and said to them what Jesus had done.

Joh 11:47 That was why the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the Sanhedrin together and were saying, “What are we going to do because this man is doing many sign miracles?

Joh 11:48 If we let him act this way, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and lift both our place and our nation.”

Joh 11:49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all!

Joh 11:50 You’re not considering the fact that it is to your advantage that one man should die in behalf of the people rather than the whole nation perish.”

Joh 11:51 But he did not say this from himself, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was about to die in behalf of the nation,

Joh 11:52 and not in behalf of the nation only, but also to gather together the scattered children of God into one.

Joh 11:53 That was why from that day on they plotted to kill him.

Political reasons

The Sanhedrin was ostensibly a religious ruling body. But it is interesting that both ideas that they bring up here are political reasons to condemn Christ, not religious ones. They did not object to Jesus here because of his teachings, or his view of scripture. They rejected him first because they were afraid of losing their nation to the Romans. Caiaphas added a new reason – a prophetic word. But even that prophecy was motivated by a need to preserve the nation. Caiaphas knew that Jesus’ death would appease the Roman sense of Justice, and preserve the pax romana.

How many of our deeply felt religious ideas are merely political theories in disguise?

Lord, give us the good sense to seek your kingdom, and to keep our political ideas separate from that pursuit.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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