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"He did not say this on his own . . . " (John 11:51).

Caiaphas summarizes what he sees as the imperatives of his day: Either Jesus dies or the nation dies. This is not just a cynical politician's appraisal. There is purpose in Christ's death that far exceeds Israel's survival. Against Caiaphas' intention, God makes his words an announcement of the world-embracing goal and accomplishment of Jesus' death. God makes everything that happens; both good or ill, serve an interest that is bigger than its own.

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