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The High Priest's Deal With The Devil
Caiaphas was the "high priest" (the high priests in Jerusalem at that time were merely political appointees selected by the Roman governor - see Ancient Empires - Rome) in the years 27-36 AD (we will never use the heathen, "politically correct" CE, meaning "common era," for dates here because the Satanic CE was concocted solely to deny Jesus Christ, while AD, meaning the Year of the LORD at least recognizes the birth of the Son of God). Caiaphas led the opposition against the Messiah (see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah), which culminated in the Crucifixion of the Christ and the persecution of Christians thereafter.
Why did Caiaphas do it? The physical answer (apart from the spiritual answer - see the Fact Finder question below) may be found in the religious beliefs of Caiaphas, who was a member of the sect of the Sadducees i.e. "5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, which is the sect of the Sadducees, and were filled with indignation" (Acts 5:17 KJV). And what did the Sadducees believe in, or more shockingly, not believe in?
"23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both" (Acts 23:8 KJV)
"Then entered Satan into Judas ... he went his way and communed with the chief priests"
Amazingly, as a Sadducee, the high priest had no belief in the resurrection, or angels, or "spirit" (did that include God too?). It's no wonder then that Caiaphas thought that killing Jesus of Nazareth would put an end to all that He was doing. Caiaphas did not truly believe in anything beyond physical life. And so further, is it any wonder that he lived such a worldly life of carnal behaviour? It was for that very reason that John the Baptist called them a "brood of vipers."
"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
Caiaphas accused the sinless Messiah of breaking the Law of God, while Caiaphas was guilty of pre-meditated murder i.e. they "consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety and kill him." No one who actually believes that God exists would think that they can get away with murder.
"26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, 26:2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. 26:3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 26:4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him." (Matthew 26:1-4 KJV)
Caiaphas may not have "believed" (see also What Believers Will Be In The Lake Of Fire?) in the existence of spirits, but it was through the traitor Judas that Caiaphas made his deal with one - Satan:
"22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 22:4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them." (Luke 22:3-4 KJV)
Caiaphas was a skilled hypocrite, an actor. When the Messiah was brought before their "court" (which was merely the means by which they were going to carry out their murder plot, as described in their verse quote above), Caiaphas tore his robes at the sound of an innocent man's "blasphemy."
"26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 26:65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy." (Matthew 26:64-65 KJV)
Fact Finder: (a) Why was it necessary for an unbelieving rogue like Caiaphas to be acting like the high priest at that time? (b) Who was the actual High Priest of God that was present at the Crucifixion of the Christ?