“If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation" (v48). The religious leaders were not pleased that Jesus had done such a radical, wonderful sign as raising Lazarus from the dead. They knew that Jesus’ power and authority threatened the status quo, including their own position and wealth. Caiaphas’ prophecy that Jesus would “die for the people” did not change their attack on him (v57).
“What are we to do?” (v47). Sooner or later, we all face the same question: how do we respond to Jesus’ power and authority? He came to change everything.