And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, “nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.” John 11:49-50
Caiaphas the high priest unknowingly spoke prophetically about Jesus when he said it would be better for one man to die than for the whole nation to perish (Jn. 11:50-52). This reminds me of an all-but-forgotten truth: When on the cross Jesus took the penalty we deserved, He put the welfare of others ahead of His own. Oh, that we would follow His example in our churches, and realize that the church is bigger than any individual, its ministry far more important than our personal rights and desires! If we would only ask, “How would my action affect the church and the program of Christ?” Instead, we insist on our rights and hold to our position, even though it splits the church, ruins our testimony, and stops progress. Last summer Jean was painting at church and unknown to her she was near a beehive. Some of the bees spotted her and supposed her to be the enemy. In their attack, 12 bees stung her and died in the defense of the hive. They had only one goal—the safety of the others in the hive, so they gave their lives for the good of the many. I pray that we would be like that, not seeking our own comfort and safety, but living for the good of the body of Christ!