Bible: John 11:45-54

The Response of the Jewish Leaders

11:45 Then many of the people, 1  who had come with Mary and had seen the things Jesus 2  did, believed in him. 11:46 But some of them went to the Pharisees 3  and reported to them 4  what Jesus had done. 11:47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees 5  called the council 6  together and said, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many miraculous signs. 11:48 If we allow him to go on in this way, 7  everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary 8  and our nation.”

11:49 Then one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, 9 You know nothing at all! 11:50 You do not realize 10  that it is more to your advantage to have one man 11  die for the people than for the whole nation to perish.” 12  11:51 (Now he did not say this on his own, 13  but because he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish nation, 14  11:52 and not for the Jewish nation 15  only, 16  but to gather together 17  into one the children of God who are scattered.) 18  11:53 So from that day they planned together to kill him.

11:54 Thus Jesus no longer went 19  around publicly 20  among the Judeans, 21  but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, 22  and stayed there with his disciples.

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