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A sermon on John 11:45-53 presented at Palm Desert Church of Christ (California) by Dale Wells on August 23, 2008.

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    1. 1. John 11:45-53 NIV <ul><li>Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. (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 miraculous 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 place and our nation.” </li></ul>
    2. 2. John 11:45-53 NIV <ul><li>(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 die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” (51) He did not say this on his own, but as 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. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Volunteer Opportunity #1 <ul><li>NASA [Wired.com, 5-7-08] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Study effects of microgravity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Earn $17,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay in bed 24/7 for 90 days straight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awake 16 hours and asleep 8 hours </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Volunteer Opportunity #2 <ul><li>Univ. of East Anglia [CNN, 4-28-08] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>150 needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Postmenopausal women under 70 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participants will eat chocolates every day for a year for medical research </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. From Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount, 1982) <ul><li>Spock: “It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” </li></ul><ul><li>Kirk: “Or the one.” </li></ul>
    6. 6. But that was fiction <ul><li>Generation Y </li></ul><ul><ul><li>aka Millennials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>aka Me generation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Born 1984 – 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Pampered & plugged in </li></ul><ul><li>High maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>“ Me first” </li></ul><ul><li>Little thought of others </li></ul><ul><li>Not volunteers </li></ul>
    7. 7. Contribution vs. Commitment <ul><li>Hen to pig: “Let’s make breakfast. You provide the bacon & I’ll provide the eggs.” </li></ul><ul><li>Pig to hen: “For you, that’s a contribution; for me, it’s a commitment!” </li></ul>
    8. 8. It makes a difference who is offering to sacrifice the one <ul><li>Dr. Josef Mengele (“Angel of Death”) </li></ul><ul><li>Villain, not hero </li></ul><ul><li>Sacrificed others, not self </li></ul><ul><li>“ The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.” </li></ul>
    9. 9. John 11:45-47a NIV <ul><li>Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. (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. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Jesus always produces two responses <ul><li>Some saw the miracle as proof that Jesus is the Messiah </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They trusted him </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Others thought raising Lazarus was not enough </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They reported him </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Couldn’t deny the miracle – wouldn’t accept Jesus <ul><li>Emergency session of the Sanhedrin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refused to believe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rejected Jesus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plotted murder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preferred to reject God’s Son rather than admit that they were wrong </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Beware of pride </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allowed to grow, it leads to enormous sin </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. John 11:47b-48 NIV <ul><li>“ What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many miraculous 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 place and our nation.” </li></ul>
    13. 13. If they didn’t stop Jesus, Rome would discipline them <ul><li>Rome gave some freedom to Jews as long as they were quiet and obedient </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus’ miracles upset status quo </li></ul><ul><li>Jews feared Rome’s displeasure would bring hardship </li></ul>
    14. 14. In one sense their fears were justified <ul><li>Romans didn’t tolerate rivalry </li></ul><ul><li>Yet their real agenda was selfish </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus was challenging the Jewish leaders not the Roman government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>None of Jesus’ followers sought political office </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Excommunication & counter-teaching hadn’t stopped him <ul><li>The outcome would be insurrection </li></ul><ul><li>Rome would crush a Jewish revolt, taking away both </li></ul><ul><ul><li>our place (i.e. the temple) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>our nation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A few months earlier, they had urged Jesus to lead an insurrection </li></ul>
    16. 16. John 11:49-50 NIV <ul><li>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 die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” </li></ul>
    17. 17. Caiaphas was the high priest that year <ul><li>OT high priests held position for life </li></ul><ul><li>Romans feared men becoming powerful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appointed high priests at their convenience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caiaphas held office from 18 to 36 AD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Held others in contempt: “You know nothing at all!” </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. From Jesus Christ Superstar: <ul><li>“ Fools! You have no perception! </li></ul><ul><li>“ The stakes we are gambling are frighteningly high! </li></ul><ul><li>“ We must crush him completely! </li></ul><ul><li>“ So like John before him, this Jesus must die! </li></ul><ul><li>“ For the sake of the nation this Jesus must die!” </li></ul>
    19. 19. His judgment: Jesus must die so the nation could survive <ul><li>The alternative was destruction in war </li></ul><ul><li>Rejecting Jesus did not solve the problem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A generation later, false messiahs led a war against Rome (66-72 AD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That war did destroy their nation </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. John 11:51-53 NIV <ul><li>He did not say this on his own, but as 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. </li></ul>
    21. 21. John saw Caiaphas’ statement as a prophecy <ul><li>His aim was murder </li></ul><ul><li>God used him to predict the effect of Jesus’ death </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus didn’t die to save the Jews from Rome </li></ul><ul><li>He died to save mankind from sin </li></ul><ul><li>He explained Jesus’ death, though he didn’t intend or understand </li></ul>
    22. 22. The irony in Caiaphas’ words <ul><li>As high priest, he pointed to the last sacrificial lamb – a prophecy he never meant </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus’ death would abolish the old law by fulfilling all its types and shadows </li></ul><ul><li>He died not only for Jews, but for the world </li></ul><ul><li>The vengeful Jewish leaders missed the theological implications of Caiaphas’ statement and began plotting Jesus’ death </li></ul>
    23. 23. John 11:54 NIV <ul><li>Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the Jews. Instead he withdrew to a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Jesus withdrew from Bethany <ul><li>15 miles north to village of Ephraim </li></ul><ul><li>A place for rest before the final drama of Jesus’ ministry </li></ul><ul><li>He discontinued public appearances in Jerusalem </li></ul>
    25. 25. John 11:55-57 NIV <ul><li>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 area they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the Feast at all?” (57) But the chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that if anyone found out where Jesus was, he should report it so that they might arrest him. </li></ul>
    26. 26. Pilgrims went to the Passover feast and looked for Jesus <ul><li>Previously he attended the national festivals and taught in the temple area </li></ul><ul><li>Would he continue this pattern? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The crowds kept looking for him </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The authorities wanted to arrest him. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Jews were right in preparing for the Passover but tragically wrong in rejecting the sacrifice it pictured: </li></ul>
    27. 27. 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 NIV <ul><li>… For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (8) Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth. </li></ul>
    28. 28. 1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV <ul><li>For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, (19) but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. </li></ul>
    29. 29. Revelation 5:6-14 NIV <ul><li>Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. (7) He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. </li></ul>
    30. 30. Revelation 5:6-14 NIV <ul><li>(8) And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. </li></ul>
    31. 31. Revelation 5:6-14 NIV <ul><li>(9) And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. (10) You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” </li></ul>
    32. 32. Revelation 5:6-14 NIV <ul><li>(11) Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. </li></ul>
    33. 33. Revelation 5:6-14 NIV <ul><li>(12) In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (13) Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: </li></ul>
    34. 34. Revelation 5:6-14 NIV <ul><li>“ To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” (14) The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. </li></ul>
    35. 35. What is your choice? <ul><li>Caiaphas represents those who will not believe because they think it will cost them too much to accept Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>They choose the fleeting power, prestige, and pleasures of this life instead of the eternal life God offers </li></ul><ul><li>What is your choice? </li></ul>
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