Lesson Fifteen | Devotion #2: Caiaphas
Mike Fox | Creative Director
Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 5:8 – “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 10:9 – “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 10:13 – “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
The above passages all come from the well known “Romans Road to Salvation.” Many of us have been taught to use this to present the Gospel to someone and show them the path to salvation. This is the very foundation upon which all Christians live. One of the key pieces in the Scripture here is that Christ died for us. He took our sin and bled His blood for it.
We have been looking at World Changers in the Bible recently, and I would like to take a quick look at Caiaphas. Caiaphas played a pretty key role in fulfilling God’s ultimate plan.
Matthew 26:57 says, “Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered.” Here, and in several other places in the Bible, we learn that Caiaphas was the high priest at the time that Jesus died on the cross. Hebrews 5:1 explains what a high priest does, “For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.” Before Jesus becoming the final sacrifice, the high priest would offer sacrifices to God for man’s sin.
John 11:47-53 says, “So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, ‘What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.’ But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all. Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.’ He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.”
Several scholars conclude that it was Caiaphas who, unknowingly, made the incredible prophecy concerning God’s plan of sacrificing Jesus for the sins of the nation and even the whole world (John 11:49-50). Also, it was Caiaphas who ultimately sent Jesus to Pilate to be sentenced to death. I believe this shows a picture that God can use us to help fulfill His plan and help change the world, whether we know that we are a part of it or not.