I enjoy reading those passages of Scripture where people utter prophetic statements without realizing it. One such passage is John 11:49-52—“Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, ‘You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.’ 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.”
This unwitting prophecy came in a meeting of Jewish leaders who had gathered together to plot to kill Jesus. Caiaphas thought that the Jewish people would be better off without Jesus, therefore he should die. Little did he know that the death of Jesus was part of God’s plan to redeem all of mankind. His prophecy came true in a much greater way than he could have ever imagined! The death of Jesus not only saves us, it also brings us together as brothers and sisters, living together in the kingdom of God.