John 11: Missing the Point
Reading about the priests in John 11 makes me think about many people in the world today.
Joh 11:47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
Joh 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
Joh 11:49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
Joh 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
Caiaphas seems that made a rather wise decision on the surface (please read to the end until you leave me bad comments about how I could possibly say this). After all, in most situations, it does seem to be smart to stop someone who was deviating from Judaism. There had been other situations in the history of the Israel were following God had been challenged and the leadership had to step up and not allow the people to go off in the wrong path. I think about even Moses in the wilderness. Calling for death seems to be too far, but I can at least identify with why he felt the need to protect the people of Israel from a guy who was not only challenging religious authority but also potentially causing problems with Rome. Leadership does have to make decisions at times.
However, the problem is that the priests entirely miscalculated in this particular situation. They missed out on the fulfillment of all of their own prophecies. They missed that Jesus Christ was the one who was crushing the head of the serpent. Jesus Christ was there to change everything, but He was not the problem that the people identified Him as. Judaism did not need to be protected from Jesus.
People today are no different. They might not want to change their lifestyles, and they miss out entirely on the fact that Jesus calls for a radical change. We are not perfectly fine as we are. As much as the priests were missing the Messiah, people today are missing the Savior.