d. The Conspiracy of Religion and Life's Vicarious Death
for the Gathering of God's Children
45 Many of the aJews therefore who had come to Mary and beheld the things that He did believed into Him.
46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things that Jesus did.
47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees assembled a council and said, What do we do? For this man is doing many asigns.
48 If we let Him do so, all will believe into Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.
49 But a certain one of them, Caiaphas, who was ahigh priest that year, said to them, You know nothing at all,
50 Nor do you take account of the fact that ait is expedient for you that one man die for the people and that not the whole nation perish.
51 But this he did not say from himself, but being ahigh priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was to die for the nation,
52 And not for the nation only, but that He might also 1gather into aone the children of God who are scattered abroad.
53 From that day therefore they atook counsel to kill Him.
54 Jesus therefore no longer awalked openly among the Jews, but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there He remained with the disciples.
55 Now the aPassover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem out of the country before the Passover in order to bpurify themselves.
56 They then sought Jesus, and said to one another as they stood in the temple, What do you think? That He will not, by any means, come to the feast?
57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where He was, he should disclose it, so that they might arrest Him.