A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
Why read the Bible? The Bible is not just great literature; it is the inspired Word of God. Just as the Holy Spirit was present in the writing of Scripture, so must He be present in our reading of the Word. We can read the Bible without the leadership of the Holy Spirit and still learn Bible facts. But we will never gain insights into the truth and application of God’s Word until we ask the Holy Spirit to open our minds and reveal His truth to us. KJV
“The Plot To Kill Jesus”, John 11:45) Then many of the Jews which came to Mary and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on Him. 46) But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 47) Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. Mark 14:1; Acts 4:16. 48) If we let Him thus alone, all men will believe on Him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. 49) And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Acts 4:6. 50) Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51) And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52) And not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. Ephesians 3:6; 1Peter 5:9. 53) Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put Him to death. 54) Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with His disciples. 55) And the Jews’ Passover (Exodus 12) was nigh at hand; and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. 1Samuel 16:5. 56) Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that He will not come to the feast? Psalm 2. 57) Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where He were, he should shew it, that they might take Him.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v45-48, The Jewish Leaders were afraid that they would lose their positions of authority. v49-51, In the opinion of Caiaphas, Jesus should die rather than plunge the nation into destruction (only if Jesus allowed it to happen). Caiaphas pronounced a message of God unconsciously: one man should die for the people. Caiaphas was a prophet in spite of himself. We bring trouble on ourselves when we oppose Christ’s Kingdom to advance our own worldly interests. v52, The conversion, or a turning of souls is the gathering of them to Christ as their Ruler and Refuge; and He died to effect this. By dying He purchased them to Himself, and the gift of the Holy Ghost for them: His Love in dying for Believers should unite them closely together.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v53-57) The resurrection of Lazarus was a major factor that led to the plot by the Jewish religious leaders to kill Christ. John marks the growth of the hostility step by step. Jesus withdrew from public life for a while; but no devices of man can alter the purposes of God: and while hypocrites and worldly men amuse themselves with their own plans, Jesus still orders all things for His Own Glory and the Salvation of His people. Amen.