The Plot to Kill Jesus
John 11:45-57 NIV
45Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in Him. 46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.
“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many miraculous signs. 48 If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”
49Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year; spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”
51He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.
53So from that day on they plotted to take His life.
54Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the Jews. Instead He withdrew to a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where He stayed with His disciples.
55When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. 56They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple area they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t He coming to the Feast at all?” 57But the chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that if anyone found out where Jesus was, he should report it so that they might arrest Him.
Verses 50, 51: That Jesus should die for that nation
These words, with what follows in the next verse, are the words of John, interpreting the prophecy of Caiaphas, according to the sense of the Holy Spirit that Jesus should die, which was contrary to a common notion the Jews had believed concerning the Messiah.But Jesus the True Messiah must die; this was determined in the counsel of God, agreed to by Christ in the Covenant of Grace, foretold by the prophets from the beginning of the world, typified by sacrifices and other things, under the Mosaic Law, predicted by Christ Himself. And this prophecy suggests that Jesus was to die, giving His life as a ransom and sacrifice to the justice of God by fulfilling the Law and satisfying it.