Tuesday, September 7, 2010

How did John know?

John 11- 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. 

Now how would John know about the secret machinations of the council chamber?  How could he find out the hidden things said and unsaid?  Why do the other gospels make no record of this? 
I suspect it's because Paul was in the chamber, and he heard it.  Much later he thought it over while he was in Arabia alone studying and it impacted him powerfully.  When he went on his first missionary journey he then shared it with John in Crete.
But if that be 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.

2 comments:

Jack said...

Your guess could of course be the means through which God revealed this information to John. We do understand that there is much scripture that comes from God having revealed accounts to those who He selected and inspired to "pen" the verses. For example, revealing the creation account which mostly occurred prior to the creation of man.

Your point though, that perhaps Paul co-conspired to kill Jesus, would be consistent with Paul's preconversion life.

Thanks my friend!
-Jack

Lance + Jean Corley said...

Maybe because John know the family of the High priest see chapter 18, that is how he got into the court yard prior to the trial