We are now at the aftermath of the raising of Lazarus. In this extract of John's gospe,l we have the most direct record of the desire of the Jewish leaders to kill Jesus. Caiaphas, the High Priest, concludes that Jesus must die for political reasons; John sees even this as the fulfillment of God's plan that one man shall die for the sins of many. Notice how John sees all things as divinely ordained, even down to the decision to kill Jesus. John further sets the scene and increases the tension by having the ordinary people say: "What do you think? Will he come to the festival or not?" If we were reading a story we did not know the end too, we would be wondering now about what was going to happen, when was the big showdown? Tomorrow, Palm Sunday, Jesus enters Jerusalem as a king, riding on a donkey as Solomon did before him, and the plot really heats up.