Caiaphas spoke for God. Cephas tried to.
Caiaphas was the high priest. He was the top of the religious hierarchy. He was the one who was honored and respected. He was the one who could go into the holiest place around, the place no one else dared go.
When Caiaphas spoke, it was as an expert, as a defender of the faith.
Cephas was “one of the Twelve”. He thought he was the top of the religious hierarchy. He was walking with the one who was honored and respected. He was walking with the one who was the holiest place around.
When Cephas spoke, it was as an expert, as a defender of the faith.
What Caiaphas didn’t understand, of course, was that he didn’t know that he was right. He figured that killing Jesus would calm Rome, would end the challenge to his authority. He had no clue that killing Jesus would pave the way to a resurrection rather than an insurrection.
Ironically, Caiaphas, the enemy of Jesus, was more accurate than Cephas, the friend. Cephas (Peter), wanted to stop Jesus from even talking about getting killed. He wanted Jesus to avoid negative talk, to plan for success. Jesus had no time for such positive talk. He was positively sure that he was going to die.
The difference is that Caiaphas was accidentally right. His goal was stopping Jesus. It just happened that while speaking what he thought made sense politically, God actually spoke the truth through him.
Stopping Jesus, protecting Jesus. Lots of people want to speak for him.
Sometimes they may be right. Accidentally.