Voices of the Passion and Easter - Caiaphas

I have imagined the reactions and thought processes of those people involved in the Good Friday and Easter narrative.

I hope that it will assist you to meditate on these events with fresh thoughts.

I saw this Jesus as a menace – the so-called Promised One who was upsetting the status quo. There was a real possibility that He would be seen as agitating His followers to revolt against the Romans, which was the last thing that we wanted for we had carved out a comfortable role for ourselves in their occupation of our land.

I remember speaking to the people: ‘You know nothing at all, nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish.’ I thought that it was important that we offer this man Jesus to the Romans, yes as a sacrificial lamb, so that the wrath of the Roman force would not land on us.

When it became apparent that the people of the land were taking His claims seriously and that His influence was growing, I decided, with others who were learned in religion, that we were going to snip this flower in the bud.

So, when Jesus was arrested, I was rubbing my hands with glee as we were finally going to get our way. He went before my father-in-law Annas first as it was right that the honoury high priest should have the first pre-trial session. We knew that only the Romans could undertake executions, so we used our time to gather information so that He could be prosecuted successfully.

When Annas was unsuccessful, they brought Him to me – at last, I had an opportunity to fulfil my plans.

I heard several ‘witnesses,’ who I knew were lying through their back teeth, but I allowed their testimony as I was desperate to get a conviction.

I even tried to get Jesus to condemn Himself by using His own words. I implored Him by the living God as to whether He was the Promised One, the Son of God. His reply blew me backwards as He responded that I had admitted it and, furthermore, I would see Him in the role of authority (at the right hand of God) and coming down from heaven.

I was so livid that I declared that He had blasphemed and ripped my clothes in mock anger. 

We all declared in the room that Jesus deserved death, which I then proceeded to watch the sentence being carried out, which was accompanied by strange occurrences.

I wonder: did He die for the people in a different way that I had imagined?