Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary,1 and had seen what Jesus did,2 put their faith in him.3
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But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
Then the chief priests and the Pharisees4 called a meeting5 of the Sanhedrin.6 "What are we accomplishing?" they asked. "Here is this man performing many miraculous signs.7
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If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."
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Then one of them, named Caiaphas,8 who was high priest that year,9 spoke up, "You know nothing at all!
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You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish."10
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He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation,
and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.11
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So from that day on they plotted to take his life.12
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Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the Jews.13 Instead he withdrew to a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.
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When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover,14 many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing15 before the Passover.
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They kept looking for Jesus,16 and as they stood in the temple area they asked one another, "What do you think? Isn't he coming to the Feast at all?"
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But the chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that if anyone found out where Jesus was, he should report it so that they might arrest him.