Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
… one of the reasons I think Jesus really did literally raise Lazarus from the dead is because of the reaction of the religious leaders to this act … many rabbis healed the sick and if this had just been another healing I doubt it would have driven them to the conclusion that Jesus was the messiah (or was being perceived as the messiah) and must die.
If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come 10 and take away both our land and our nation.
… ironically, their solution to this terrible possibility didn’t avert it, as the Romans did come in after Jesus’ death.
it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish
… scapegoat stuff, I guess.
since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.
… did the high priest forsee that Jesus’ death would unite the world? That seems odd.