After watching Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead, many of the Jews believed in Him. Some, however, went to the religious leaders of the day, and told them what Jesus had done.
So the whole religious leadership of Israel called together a high council. “What can we do?” they asked. “This man continues to do miracles. If we let Him continue, everyone will believe in Him. And the Romans will come and destroy our temple and our place as a nation.”Caiaphas, the high priest for the year, stood in the council and said,”You don’t know what you are talking about! You are not considering the fact that it is better that one man should die for the people, rather than the whole nation to be destroyed.”
Thus it was that a cynical politician, prepared to sacrifice an innocent man for political expediency, unwittingly prophesied that Jesus would, in fact, die for the whole nation of Israel. Jesus would indeed provide salvation for the whole nation by His death, available to everyone who would believe in Him.
Jesus’ death provided salvation from destruction, not only for the nation of Israel, but also for the whole world. John tells us that Jesus would gather together in unity the children of God, scattered over the face of the whole world.
God always has His way. He uses both those who love Him and those who hate Him to carry out His will. And because Jesus was willing to be the One Who died for all, we now have the opportunity to serve God willingly, out of love for Him.