Caiaphas was right that one man needed to die for the people, but not in the way He thought. Jesus needed to die for the sins of all people.

BibleGateway: John 11:45-53

ESV Text: John 11:45-53

John 11:45–53 (Listen)

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 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.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 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.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 11

     45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 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. 49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 141:
Enslaved by Sin and Bound in Chains — Organ Audio

1. Enslaved by sin and bound in chains, 
Beneath its dreadful tyrant sway, 
And doomed to everlasting pains, 
We wretched, guilty captives lay. 

2. Nor gold nor gems could buy our peace, 
Nor all the world’s collected store 
Suffice to purchase our release; 
A thousand worlds were all too poor. 

3. Jesus, the Lord, the mighty God, 
An all-sufficient ransom paid. 
O matchless price! His precious blood 
For vile, rebellious traitors shed. 

4. Jesus the Sacrifice became 
To rescue guilty souls from hell; 
The spotless, bleeding, dying Lamb 
Beneath avenging Justice fell. 

5. Amazing goodness! Love divine! 
Oh, may our grateful hearts adore 
The matchless grace nor yield to sin 
Nor wear its cruel fetters more!