John 11: 46-57  The plot to kill Jesus.

GIVE GOD TIME

Prayer and Praise


Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn at this link…

In Christ Alone  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWiFYJMGas0

 

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

John 11: 46-57  The plot to kill Jesus.  The Message Bible.

46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 

47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.

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 dies for the people than that the whole nation perish.” 51 He did not say this on his own, but as the 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. 

53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life. 

So these Jews, the religious leaders, wanted to kill Jesus! Caiaphas captured their thinking and justified murdering Jesus. So Jesus relocated.

54 Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead, he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.

55 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. 

56 They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the festival at all?” 

57 But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him.

Notice that whilst they were going through ceremonially cleansing, they were planning how to grab Jesus. They asked innocent-sounding questions in v. 56, whilst actually planning to get their hands on him – just like Herod with the wise men. 

In John Wesley’s diary after visiting St Mary’s Church, Scarborough we see he wrote, “The last time I went to Scarborough I earnestly exhorted the people to go to church and went there myself. But the wretched minister preached such a sermon that I could not in conscience advise them to hear him any-more.” 

—-Summary

The religious Jewish leaders were blind guides. The lay-people believed when they saw Jesus raise Lazarus shows their different hearts. We too have to choose our response. 

Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 11:51 ‘…the high priest that year prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation…’ 

Today’s Challenge

The religious Jewish leaders were blind guides. 

The lay-people believed when they saw Jesus raise Lazarus shows their different hearts. 

We too have to choose our response. What’s yours?

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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(Complete Jewish Bible used.)

John 11: 46-57  The plot to kill Jesus.

46 But some of them went off to the P’rushim (Pharisees) and told them what he had done. 47 So the head cohanim (chief priests) and the P’rushim (Pharisees) called a meeting of the Sanhedrin (Sanhedrin) and said, “What are we going to do? — for this man is performing many miracles. 48 If we let him keep going on this way, everyone will trust in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both the Temple and the nation.” 

49 But one of them, Kayafa, (Caiaphas) who was cohen gadol (high priest) that year, said to them, “You people don’t know anything! 50 You don’t see that it’s better for you if one man dies on behalf of the people, so that the whole nation won’t be destroyed.” 51 Now he didn’t speak this way on his own initiative; rather, since he was cohen gadol (high priest) that year, he was prophesying that Yeshua (Jesus) was about to die on behalf of the nation, 52 and not for the nation alone, but so that he might gather into one the scattered children of God.

53 From that day on, they made plans to have him put to death. 

54 Therefore Yeshua (Jesus) no longer walked around openly among the Judeans (Jewish leaders) but went away from there into the region near the desert, to a town called Efrayim, and stayed there with his talmidim (disciples).

55 The Judean festival of Pesach was near, and many people went up from the country to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) to perform the purification ceremony prior to Pesach (Passover). 56 They were looking for Yeshua (Jesus), and as they stood in the Temple courts they said to each other, “What do you think? that he simply won’t come to the festival?” 57 Moreover, the head cohanim (priest) and the P’rushim (Pharisees) had given orders that anyone knowing Yeshua’s (Jesus’) whereabouts should inform them, so that they could have him arrested.

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