We are convinced that one died for all.
—2 Corinthians 5:14
Caiaphas was a savvy politician; knew how to read the polls and run the numbers.
The Sanhedrin was in a stew. Jesus was drawing a crowd, and that had the court shaking in their sandals, fearing that Rome was going to drop them in the grease because of it.
It’s better for one to get zapped for the sake of many than for many to get zapped for the sake of one Caiaphas hissed. Good math.
Jesus wasn’t so hot with the numbers. He said that heaven gets a bigger buzz over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine that don’t need to; that God pays as much for an hour’s work as he does for sunrise-to-sunset; that it’s better to give than to get. Bad math.
But when it came to his own life, Jesus sided with Caiaphas. One for all.
We won’t see the Cross as something done for us
until we see it as something done by us.