The Romans may come (Jn 11:48-11:48)

“If we let him go on

Like this,

Everyone will believe

In him.

The Romans

Will come.

They will destroy

Both our holy place

And our nation.”

ἐὰν ἀφῶμεν αὐτὸν οὕτως, πάντες πιστεύσουσιν εἰς αὐτόν, καὶ ἐλεύσονται οἱ Ῥωμαῖοι καὶ ἀροῦσιν ἡμῶν καὶ τὸν τόπον καὶ τὸ ἔθνος.

John uniquely indicated that this Jewish religious group said that if they let Jesus go on or left him alone (ἐὰν ἀφῶμεν αὐτὸν) like he was (οὕτως), everyone (πάντες) would believe (πιστεύσουσιν) in him (εἰς αὐτόν).  Then the Romans (οἱ Ῥωμαῖοι) would come (καὶ ἐλεύσονται) and destroy or take away from them (καὶ ἀροῦσιν ἡμῶν) both their holy place (καὶ τὸν τόπον) and their country or nation (καὶ τὸ ἔθνος).  They thought that Jesus might become some kind of king in opposition to the Roman rule.  Thus, the Romans might come to wipe out not just the followers of Jesus, but also all the Jews in Jerusalem as well as their Temple.  Ironically enough, that actually happened in 70 CE, but it was not because of Jesus, but because of other Jewish zealots.  Do you think that revolutions are good or bad?

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