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                     What,  then,  was  the  exact  significance  of  the  phrase  that  Caïaphas  pronounced:

                   Consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die and that the whole nation
                   perish  not?  Did  he  share  the  Sanhedrin's  fears  that  the  Romans  might  totally

                   exterminate  the  Jews?  Certainly  not,  as  he  brutally  told  the  other  members  of  the

                   assembly that they did not understand the situation. If he came to the same conclusions

                   as the majority, it was for different reasons. St. John says that his reply was inspired.
                   This is what leads us to believe that it had mystical foundations.

                     Let us try and place this reply in the general context of the mission of the  chosen

                   people. This mission was certainly not aimed at establishing the superiority of a nation
                   as such, nor at upholding any national pride, for the pride of life, is not of the Father .
                   In fact, their mission was to form a human nucleus which, through intensive spiritual

                   culture, would prepare the field for the Lord's Advent. It was necessary to enable the

                   esoteric avant-garde to cross the second Threshold and make straight the way leading,

                   as Isaiah prophesied, to a Christian era for the whole Earth. The high Priest was among
                   the  initiated  and,  as  such,  should  have  been  perfectly  aware  of  the  aim  of  Christ's

                   mission. But he must have also known that, once its glorious mission was fulfilled, the

                   chosen people would disappear as a national entity, just as the leaven disappears in the

                   lump of dough. There was a definite dan-

                        I John, II, 16.
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