Lazarus is Dead, Part 8: ...That One Man Die... -- By Lyn Chaffart
The following Scriptural Nugget is the eighth in a mini-series based on John 11.

"You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish." (John 11:50)
 
I can just imagine what might have gone on in Caiaphus' court that afternoon.  Conversations might have run something like this:  "Now Jesus has really done it!    This trouble maker just doesn't know when to stop!  He's already got the people on so mesmerized by His Miracles that they will no longer listen to reason!  But now He has made them actually believe that Jesus raised up a man--Lazarus--who had been dead for four days!  But what can we do?  How can we stop the eye witness accounts?  How can we argue that Lazarus really never was dead in the first place?  How can we save our face in front of these people?  How could we get rid of this Man before He causes any more trouble???" 
 
On and on the discussion might have gone.  Nothing was gained, except for this:  The Jewish religious leaders had but one choice to save the nation from this horrific problem:  Jesus had to go!  And then, Caiaphus makes his famous statement:  "You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish." (John 11:50)  
 
What a powerful statement!  One man must die for the people to be saved.  If he had only known the power behind his words!  If he had only realized that Jesus' entire purpose on Earth was just this--That One Man might die so that the Jewish nation would, indeed, not perish!  And now just the Jews, "but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one." (John 11:52). 
 
No, he didn't understand.  However, his statement becomes all the more powerful as a result of his lack of understanding!  You see, it was because of ONE MAN that sin came into the world -- the man Adam (See Romans 5:12-18).  Wasn't it only fair that the solution to the problem might also come from ONE MAN -- The God/Man Jesus Christ? 
 
And what a sacrifice He made!  His life for the lives of ungrateful, undeserving humanity!  But He did it out of Love for each of us:  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son . . ." (John 3:16). 
 
Was Jesus' sacrifice for naught?  Only if YOU refuse to accept it!  He died for YOU.  But if you choose to reject this gift, then it was all for nothing! 
 
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In His love,
Lyn

Lyn Chaffart, Moderator, The Nugget, Scriptural Nuggets ( www.scripturalnuggets.org ), Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org


(To access the entire "Lazarus is Dead!" mini-series, please click here.)