"Come and See": A Web Commentary on the Gospel of John: Section 10 New Life Foreshadowed (Jn 11.1-57)

10.2. Aftermath: The Conspiracy Against Jesus (Jn 11.47-57)

47Then the chief priests and the Pharisees assembled the Council and they said, “What are we to do now that this fellow is performing many signs? 48If we let him go on in this way, everyone will put their trust in him, and the Romans will come and they will take away both our holy place1 and our nation. 49But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You understand nothing! 50Nor do you understand that it is to your advantage for one man to die on the people’s behalf and for the whole nation not to to be destroyed.” 51But he did not say this on his own but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52and not only for the nation but so that he might assemble the dispersed children of God into one. 53And so from that day on they decided to kill him.

54So Jesus was no longer able to walk openly among the people of Judaea, but he went away from there into the countryside, near the desert, to a city called Ephraim, and he remained there with the disciples.

55The Jewish Passover was near and many people went up to Jerusalem from the countryside before Passover, to purify themselves. 56Then they looked for Jesus and they said to one another, standing in the Temple, “What do you think? Might he not come to the festival?” 57But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was they should make it known, so that they could arrest him.

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1literally our place