- John 11:51-54
- John 11:51 (KJB)
- And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he
prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
- Of course, Caiaphas was not speaking of himself. The High Priest was the
representative of the people to God but he did not know that he was
prophesying that Jesus should die for the nation, and as we saw in the
previous verse, it was for the nation of believers which would be the entire
body of Christ throughout all the ages made up of both Jews and non-Jews.
All they saw was that if Jesus was dead, then all their problems would be
solved and the Romans would let life go on as it was. He was totally unaware
of the significance of the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ.
- John 11:52 (KJB)
- And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in
one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
- As we previously saw that the benefits of the atonement of Christ would
not only be for those who became saved in Israel but was effectual for every
true Christian around the world, down through the ages until the last one is
saved. (Eph 1:10 KJV) That in the
dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all
things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even
in him: The Apostle Paul builds on this theme
and states that in the fullness of time all believers everywhere will be
gathered in one. That day will come on the last day when all the believers,
those who have died physically and those still alive, will be caught up in
the rapture and then all believers will be with Christ for eternity.
- John 11:53 (KJB)
- Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to
- Since the High Priest had rendered his decision as to what is to be done
with Jesus, then from that point on the counsel was to find a way to finally
trap Jesus with some charge and have Him put to death. There would be no
more discussions concerning the great miracles He did nor how the people are
receiving Him. The people’s response would no longer factor in as their
course was now set. So Joseph and Nicodemus were now in the minority and
there was nothing they could do to stop this killing.
- John 11:54 (KJB)
- 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.
- Jesus now knew that the course had been set for them to try and kill
Him. Jesus then goes to a little town called Ephraim which was about 15
miles (24 km) northeast of Jerusalem. Not to much is known of this town as
it has probably disappeared from the map over the years. It may have been a
time of respite where Jesus wanted to spend time with His disciples to teach
and discuss the soon coming events.