Gospel: Jn 11:45-56 “Session of the Sanhedrin“
April 13, 2019 | Saturday
So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews,
but he left for the region near the desert,
to a town called Ephraim,
and there he remained with his disciples.
Now the Passover of the Jews was near,
and many went up from the country to Jerusalem
before Passover to purify themselves.
They looked for Jesus and said to one another
as they were in the temple area, “What do you think?
That he will not come to the feast?”
You know nothing at all! It is better to have one man die for the people than to let the whole nation be destroyed. The high priest Caiaphas unknowingly foretold that Jesus would die for the nation and not for the nation only, but also would die in order to gather into one the scattered children of God. The Jewish religious leaders wanted to preserve the peaceful practice of their religion in Israel and so Caiaphas unwittingly suggested to “sacrifice” the life of this one man, Jesus, than for the whole nation to be destroyed (by the Romans). In hindsight, the death of Jesus is really what Caiaphas thought it to be. Jesus offered his life to God for the salvation for all. This Lenten season, let us profess our belief in the truth of Jesus’ messianic mission. He is the Redeemer of the world through his death and resurrection. He is our Savior.