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They Took Counsel
John 11.45-57
Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did,
believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what
things Jesus had done.

Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this
man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the
Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them,
Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die
for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

Ye know nothing at all,
Nor consider that it is expedient for us,
that one man should die for the people,
and that the whole nation perish not.

And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus
should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather
together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country
near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to
Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.

Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple,
What think ye, that he will not come to the feast? Now both the chief priests and the
Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should
shew it, that they might take him.  (KJV)
Many of the Jews which came to Bethany to comfort Mary and Martha, upon seeing
Lazarus risen from the dead, believed on Jesus.

Some reported back to the chief priests, Pharisees and council what Jesus did. Upon
deliberation they said, What do we do? For this man does many miracles. If we let
Him alone, all men will believe him: and the Romans shall come and take away both
our place and nation.

Caiaphas, who was high priest, said, You know nothing at all, nor consider that it is
expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation
perish not.

The reason Caiaphas said this is that he was high priest, and prophesied that Jesus
should die for the nation, and not only for the Jews, but also that he should gather
together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad – that is, Jew and
Gentile in the church.

However, Caiaphas’ words fell on deaf ears. From that day, they figured out how to
put Jesus to death.

That is the reason Jesus did not walk openly among the Jews; but went to an
unpopulated country in a city called Ephraim, and stayed there with his disciples.
The time of the Passover was close, and many left the place where Jesus was to go
up to Jerusalem, according to the Law.

Then those who looked for Jesus (to kill Him), stood and temple and discussed,
What do you think, will He come to the feast? Both the chief priests and the
Pharisees had given the order that if anyone knew where He was, they were to
reveal it, so He could be taken.

Lessons to be Learned

1.        Although there were those who rejected Jesus, not all did. His miracles and
His words were sufficient to reach some.

(John 20:30-31) And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his
disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye
might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye
might have life through his name.  (KJV)

2.        Those who rejected Jesus were more concerned with the things of this life
(the Romans and politics) than with their relationship with God.

(1 John 2:15-17) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If
any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in
the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is
not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust
thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.  (KJV)

3.        Caiaphas told the truth even though he didn’t know it.

(1 John 2:1-2) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.
And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but
also for the sins of the whole world.  (KJV)

4.        Jesus would gather both Jew and Gentile into one body – one church.

(Ephesians 2:14-17) For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath
broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his
flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for
to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might
reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity
thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to
them that were nigh.  (KJV)

5.        They expected Jesus to come to Jerusalem according to the Law, because He
kept the Law perfectly.

6.        Even though the chief priests and the Pharisees ordered it, the people did
not reveal Jesus.