n Many of the Jews therefore, o who had come with Mary and p had seen what he did, believed in him,
but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
So the chief priests and the Pharisees q gathered r the council and said, s “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs.
If we let him go on like this,
everyone will believe in him,
and t the Romans will come
and take away both our u place
and our nation.”
But one of them, v Caiaphas, w who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all.
Nor do you understand that x it is better for you that one man should die for the people,
not that the whole nation should perish.”
He did not say this of his own accord, but y being high priest that year z he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and a not for the nation only, but also b to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
So from that day on they c made plans to put him to death.
Jesus therefore d no longer walked openly among the Jews,
but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.
Now e the Passover of the Jews was at hand,
and f many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover g to purify themselves.
h They were looking for 1 Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?”
Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that
if anyone knew where he was,
he should let them know,
so that they might arrest him.
Seeing the same thing as those who believed, some reported Jesus.
This list is an order of increasing concern. The least concern is that people will believe in Christ, while their greatest concern is that they will lose the nation of Israel (again).
Now, rather than preparing for Passover, the Jewish pilgrims are seeking Jesus. While some may be seeking Jesus for benevolent reasons, the emphasis here does seem to be on those seeking him in order that he be handed over to the Jews.
This is the main point of the passage.
Big Idea: That which is intended for evil is used for good in the mysterious and sovereign plan of God. 1. The problem of our fears and idols. (45-48) 2. Their solution is our gain. (49-52) 3. They were looking for Jesus. (53-57)