Hi, God’s word for me today is in John 11:49-52 which says,
” 49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” 51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.”
In this passage some of the Pharisees who had been mourning with Mary and Martha believed in Jesus because He raised Lazarus from the dead. Some of the Pharisees who had been mourning with Mary and Martha went and told the other members of the Sanhedrin and they called a meeting. One of the members who was the High Priest for that year said that they knew nothing at all, and that it would be better for them to have one man die for the whole nation. Then he (Caiaphas) prophesied that Jesus would die for the whole Jewish nation and not only for them but also for all of the children of God, that Jesus would bring them together and make them one.
What did Caiaphas mean when He said that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation though? Well everyone is a sinner and we need a savior and Jesus was and is that savior. Jesus came down from heaven and took our sins on Him and then He died for our sins on a cross so that we could live. Jesus loved us enough to die for our sins, He atoned for our sins perfectly. He is our savior and we should believe in Him.
We should believe in Him and we should repent of our sins. If we repent of our sins and trust in Jesus as our savior then we will have eternal life. We should trust in Jesus as our savior and live. Jesus died for our sins, He makes us children of God. Caiaphas said that Jesus would bring all the children of God together and He not only did that but Jesus makes us children of God. Jesus gives us the right to become children of God,
“12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (NIV John 1:12)
If we accept Jesus as our savior then we will be given the right to become children of God.
We should be one in the Gospel, that is what Peter tells us to do,
“8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” (NIV 1 Peter 3:8)
We should be like-minded in the Gospel, Caiaphas said that Jesus makes the children of God one and we should be one in the Gospel. We should also spread the Gospel to unbelievers so that they can trust in Jesus and become children of God. We should give them the saving grace of the Gospel.
Thank You Jesus for dying for our sins! Thank You Jesus for loving us enough to atone for our sins by dying on the cross for us. Thank You Jesus for taking our sins and God’s wrath on You and then dying a criminals death on the cross. Thank You Jesus for rising again on the third day and then ascending into heaven to prepare a place for us and to mediate on our behalf. Thank You Jesus for all that You have done for us.
Are you trusting in Jesus?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.