He prophesied that Jesus would die ...

Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So from that day on they plotted to take his life. -John 11:49-53 NRSV

I think that most of us are somewhat shocked by the idea that religious leaders would plot such a heinous murder. The rationalization of their high priest reeks of cowardice. Yet in the midst of such vile behavior we can see God working behind the scenes. Though we, like the writer of this gospel, can only see it in a historical sense.

This gives me hope. When we are experiencing awful things ... when the actions of other people are causing us pain and suffering ... it is comforting to know that God is working behind the scenes to bring about something good. For sure, we need hearts of faith to believe something this outrageous but perhaps this is what it means to trust with all of our heart?

I am reminded Lord that you are our strong tower. We who trust in you will not be ashamed.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.


  1. The hope that God is working in and even through the mess is what keeps me going some days.


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