Tuesday, September 7, 2010

How did John know?

"So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the Council and said, "What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation. But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them,"You know nothing at all. Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish." He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad." (John 11:47-52)

How would John know about the secret machinations that happened in the council chamber? Why do the other gospels make no record of this? 
I suspect it's because a young Paul was in the chamber hearing everything, and later when he went on his first missionary journey he shared it with John in Crete.
If that is true, and it's just a guess, it makes the next verse hit so much harder.

So from that day on they made plans to put him to death.

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