“God’s Scattered People” ( John 11: 52, KJV ) by Carley Evans

Caiaphas, as high priest in the year of Jesus’ crucifixion, predicts Jesus is the savior of the nation Israel; but also the One to bring together “the children of God scattered abroad.” He says to the Pharisees, upset that Jesus has raised Lazarus from the dead, worried they are to lose “both their place and nation” that they “know nothing at all.” (John 11:48,49) He says,

“Nor consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.” (John 11:50)

Caiaphas rightly predicts Jesus is to die for the nation of Israel, writes John in his gospel, but Caiaphas also predicts the gathering of the scattered people of God from the ends of the earth.

A scene in the movie X MEN comes to mind. Professor Xavier is sitting in his wheelchair in a large chamber searching for the mutants who exist all over the world. They light up in his mind like stars as he reaches out with his thoughts.

To think God is less than a character in a comic book is ridiculous. If Professor Xavier finds his people with his thoughts, then God can gather together His people scattered throughout the world and throughout the dimension of time.

Caiaphas doesn’t know, but he speaks of God’s ultimate undertaking — the salvation of His children through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.

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