So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people. John 18:12-14
Last week we held an election to see who would be president for the next four years. Regardless of how you feel about the results one thing is always certain. After four years the President’s physical appearance will have changed. If you look at a picture of almost any President taken when they first took office and then compare it to a picture taken after four years you will see hair markedly grayer and most likely sparser. Their face will be lined and gaunter. The office of President of the USA takes a toll on the President. I often wonder why anyone would want a job that takes such a physical toll. Of course one of the answers is power. The President of the US is perceived to be one of the most powerful people on earth and such power is hard to resist.
It seems nothing has changed over the last two thousand years. Caiaphas, the High Priest, has decided that it is more important to keep the status quo that is his power, by executing Jesus. It is just human nature to want to keep any power one has. Even when we may not be the most qualified person for a particular job, once we had the power we want to hold on to it. Caiaphas was just acting like we all tend to do, keep what is ours. The Jewish authorities had a good thing going. They could do pretty much as they pleased as long as they kept the Romans happy. Keep the peace, make sure no one is threatening Rome and life is good.
So great is the lure of power that they were willing to sacrifice a person they had waited for for thousands of years. That the Messiah was to appear during their time was expected. Jesus had fulfilled prophesy and He had spoken with authority as one from God. No one before or since had so fully filled the role of Messiah and in order to keep their power they were ready to kill Jesus.
Satan had offered Adam and Eve to power to be like God and ever since we have been seeking as much power as we could obtain. And every day we see one powerful person after another fall from grace. It is not too hard to see why Caiaphas did what he did.
Have a blessed day,