Wednesday 12-21-16, Modesto, California, USA
Today we read John 9 - 11
S. John 11:49-52 And one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, "How can you be so stupid? Why should the whole nation be destroyed? Let this one man die for the people." This prophecy that Jesus should die for the entire nation came from Caiaphas in his position as high priest. He didn't think of it himself; he was inspired to say it. It was a prediction that Jesus' death would be not for Israel only, but for the gathering together of all the children of God scattered around the world. NLT
O. The high court was in secret session. Something had to be done about this man, Jesus. He was disturbing the delicate balance of their political authority with that of the Roman governor. Then this evil high priest, Caiaphas speaks a prophetic word. “Let this one man die for the people.” And John adds, “It was a prediction that Jesus' death would be not for Israel only, but for the gathering together of all the children of God scattered around the world.” It is a prophecy from the lips of an evil man and the interpretation written by the Apostle John. ** (Compare the Apostle Paul’s comments below.)
A. An evil man’s tongue spoke hidden truth. He was talking politics, but John the Apostle clarifies that I was included in that prophecy.
P. So now, Lord Jesus, I bow at the foot of that instrument of torment and death, that cross, that was intended to curse and destroy You and Your message. For You took that prophecy, and those intentions of evil men, to open the gates of heaven for me… a sinner as undeserving as those who cursed and killed You. The nails in Your hands gave me hands to serve You. The nails that held your feet unable to move… those nails challenged my feet to carry Your love to the nations. Your crown of thorns purchased my crown of glory… which one day I will cast down before Your heavenly throne. Amen.
**Rom 5:17-19 The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam's one sin brought condemnation upon everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness makes all people right in God's sight and gives them life. Because one person disobeyed God, many people became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God's sight. NLT