47Then the chief priests and Pharisees called together the council#Or Sanhedrin and said, "What are we going to do? This man is doing many miraculous signs! 48If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our people." 49One of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, told them, "You don’t know anything! 50You don’t see that it is better for you that one man die for the people rather than the whole nation be destroyed." 51He didn’t say this on his own. As high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would soon die for the nation— 52and not only for the nation. Jesus would also die so that God’s children scattered everywhere would be gathered together as one. 53From that day on they plotted to kill him. 54Therefore, Jesus was no longer active in public ministry among the Jewish leaders. Instead, he left Jerusalem and went to a place near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.