Delivery Plan • Caiaphas
Kyle Wendel | Children & Student’s Director

Have you ever wondered how an evil man could be a part of God’s plan? How can someone like that ever be used for the glory of God? One such person is recorded in John 11:45-53.

“Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 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.”

Caiaphas was the High Priest at the time of Jesus’ death. He was a Sadducee and a bitter enemy of Jesus. Caiaphas was one of the main advocates to plot to kill Jesus. After many people started to follow Jesus, the Pharisees had a meeting on trying to figure out what to do about Him. Jesus was stirring up all sorts of trouble for the Pharisees because the Gospel went against everything they were doing. The Pharisees had to figure out what to do about Jesus. Caiaphas had brought forth his plan to the group. He said it would be better for Jesus to die for the people than for the whole nation to perish. He was referring to the Romans possibly taking out the Jews. So, Caiaphas planned to kill Jesus to save the nation, but also because of the trouble Jesus was causing for the Pharisees.

Later on in the story, we see Jesus was taken to the house of Caiaphas before He was taken to Pilate. There he most likely would have been questioned by the Sanhedrin and Pharisees before they decided to take Him to Pilate and ultimately decided to crucify Him.

We could wonder how Caiaphas could be a part of God’s ultimate plan. However, Caiaphas was a part of the plan. God allowed Caiaphas to have a strong opposition to Jesus to ultimately fulfill the prophecies of Christ’s death on the cross. There would have to be an opposition to Christ for the prophecy to be fulfilled.

We may wonder how we can learn something from Caiaphas today? I think we can take that sometimes we need to trust in God’s plan and who He has allowed in positions of power. God had allowed Caiaphas to have his seat of power to orchestrate the ultimate plan of salvation. Today there are tons of people in power. We may not always like or believe in them, but we must remember God has allowed them to have that position and it can be part of a greater plan that we do not even know yet.

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