accidentally right.

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.

Caiaphas told his people that it made sense to sacrifice Jesus for the sake of the rest of the people. Cephas told Jesus to take care of himself rather than going to Jerusalem.

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.

7 thoughts on “accidentally right.

  1. Rich Dixon

    Right or wrong. Accident or intent.

    Trouble is, when you claim to speak for Jesus lots of listeners don’t know the difference. So your words and actions are attributed to Him.

    When we use our position or influence to invoke “God bless” on our country or cause we may be attracting some people to the wrong thing (country or cause) and driving some away from the right thing (Jesus).

    If you’re going to speak for Jesus you should do it with great introspection and maybe even a bit of prayer. As with Caiaphas, God will use it all for good. But how many souls are lost in the process?


  2. Chris Brogan...

    Wow, what a rabbit hole in my head. I’m twisted up.

    Thankfully, the author is sitting across from me on vacation, so I’m picking his brain.

    Essentially, it’s harder for people to figure out the whole puzzle, and sometimes, all the various people speaking for God/Jesus have the wrong part of the puzzle in their hands.


    1. Rich Dixon

      Wow! Two of my favorite writers sitting in the same room putting together the puzzle of Jesus. I wish I was a “fly on the wall” to hear that discussion.

      Sometimes they have the wrong piece–sometimes they refuse to admit that they’re putting together a puzzle without a complete picture.

      So they create their own picture and then insist it’s the only right one. Dangerous stuff.


    2. Jon Swanson

      good summary Chris, though with this qualifier: some of the people always have the wrong part of the puzzle. In fact, the more some of us are convinced that we are telling it right, the more we aren’t.


  3. Martijn Linssen

    Jesus was killed by the people in control because he told people that the Kingdom of God is inside us (, thus eliminating the alleged need for priests and pharisees

    Right and wrong, accident and intent, they’re all self-invented images in our head that aren’t true. Feeling the need to have to prove that you’re right is the greatest and grievest mistake in Life

    Jesus would turn around in his grave if he’d know into what martyr he was made by his enemy, the Church


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