2 Samuel 13-15; John 18

John 18:14 It was Caiaphas who had counseled the Jews that it was better that one man should die rather than the people.

John 11:45-53 Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.”  He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.  So from that day on they planned to kill him.

John 12:9-11 [The] large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came, not only because of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.

There’s a lesson here about political expediency, about the price of the perceived needs of the many outweighing the just needs of the few.  The ultimate irony is the Romans destroyed Jerusalem anyway, in 70 A.D.  Amazing that it never struck these bozos (it probably did some, like Nicodemus, but they were the shouted-down minority) that Jesus was doing works that came from God, and maybe they should trust in God.  Poor Lazarus.  We can only hope Mary and Martha didn’t get murdered too, because they “knew too much”, along with the rest of the crowd that witnessed the raising of Lazarus.  Spiritual blindness can be mind-boggling.  That is why Jesus says we must be like children, who see things with pure and innocent hearts.

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