45 Therefore, many of the Jews who came with Mary and saw what Jesus did believed in him.46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Then the chief priests and Pharisees called together the council and said, “What are we going to do? This man is doing many miraculous signs! 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our people.” 49 One of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, told them, “You don’t know anything!50 You don’t see that it is better for you that one man die for the people rather than the whole nation be destroyed.” 51 He didn’t say this on his own. As high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would soon die for the nation— 52 and not only for the nation. Jesus would also die so that God’s children scattered everywhere would be gathered together as one. 53 From that day on they plotted to kill him. 54 Therefore, Jesus was no longer active in public ministry among the Jewish leaders. Instead, he left Jerusalem and went to a place near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples. 55 It was almost time for the Jewish Passover, and many people went from the countryside up to Jerusalem to purify themselves through ritual washing before the Passover. 56 They were looking for Jesus. As they spoke to each other in the temple, they said, “What do you think? He won’t come to the festival, will he?” 57 The chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where he was should report it, so they could arrest him. (John 11:45-57, CEB)
The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the one… Spock when he sacrifices himself to save the ship and the crew. Kind of the same theory here, only the chief priest was not sacrificing himself, but the one who was causing the religious leaders problems. And even in his saying this, he didn’t get it.
Jesus did need to die for the nation of Israel and for all of the lost children of God everywhere. But not for the reasons it seems the high council wanted Jesus dead.
How often do things go the way we want them to? Usually never, because we come up with the outcome in our minds and work towards that, but that is probably not God’s plan, even when what we want to happen happens, it is probably because it is something that God wanted to happen for a different reason.
So know that Jesus died for you, and all the children of God. And go into the world to share God’s love.