Scripture: John 11: Verse 47
The deliberation on what to do about Jesus continued in the Supreme Council that if nothing was done about Jesus, the Roman military would destroy the holy place of their religion and worship: that their city, their place of habitation would lay waste; that their country would be in shambles with death and destruction. That they would lose what power of government they now enjoy and that the army would strip their civil and religious privileges.
In the midst of their dilemma and debate, one of them, Caiaphas, the high priest, a political appointee by Tiberius the king, determined what was politically correct in settling the matter. He was a professional politician who had no conscience.
Caiaphas was a Sadducee, who denied the resurrection of the dead; as such, he was not concerned about the future state. For him it was now or never. In his zeal to maintain his power and authority, he blurted out: “You know nothing:” You are all stupid and ignorant; you are fools to sit here disputing and arguing the pro and con about such a fellow like Jesus. What is to be done is crystal clear. It is obvious and that is to take this man’s life. There should be no discussion about the subject. It does not matter who he is and what he does. These are questions that should not be considered.
Caiaphas in true form as a professional politician argued that the question before the Sanhedrin should be: Would you save the nation or destroy the man. Either the nation perishes or his life must go. What is most expedient under these circumstances? The priests, Levites, members of the Sanhedrin and religious rulers would suffer in their income and revenues; they would have to quit or be removed from their honourable and gainful posts and places if Jesus went on and succeeded at this rate.
Consequently, it was most expedient and advantageous for them that one man should die for the people and that the whole nation perishes not.
Caiaphas acted entirely on this political principle; that a public good ought to be preferred to a private one; that it did not matter who the man was; whether innocent or not; common reason and the public safety of the nation, required Jesus to fall a sacrifice, rather than the Romans should be annoyed and provoked to such a degree as to threaten the utter ruin and destruction of the whole nation.
Caiaphas reasoning appeared very good and his advice so agreeable that it was immediately assented to put Jesus to death. The Sanhedrin resolved to put Jesus to death before any crime was charged against Jesus, any proof given, Jesus not granted a hearing, due process, to hear the evidence, or to be represented by counsel.
The recommendation to put Jesus to death was so highly approved that all their efforts, time, energies and resources were focused on the necessary ways and means of taking away the life of Jesus in a manner that would give them credit among the people and to Jesus ‘shame and disgrace’.
Some had experienced, seen and heard of the miracles of the wonder working power of Jesus and have received Jesus as the Messiah, Saviour and Redeemer who died for their sins. Others had the same experience and have denied and rejected Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.