John 18:12-14 (NLT)
12 So the soldiers, their commanding officer, and the Temple guards arrested Jesus and tied him up. 13 First they took him to Annas, the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest at that time. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had told the other Jewish leaders, “It’s better that one man should die for the people.”

The death of Jesus is approaching. He has been taken captive by the religious leaders and quickly led away. They stopped at the home of Annas perhaps as a place they could gather away from everyone and ensure the backing of the leadership. Quoted here was the son-in-law of Annas, the chief priest Caiaphas. His previous words indicate He desired to see Christ die to put down what he considered a rebellion. The irony of his words is that through the death of Jesus, Christ did die for the people.

In the Star Trek movie the Wrath of Khan Spock gives his life to repair the warp engines so desperately needed to retreat from an impending explosion. His sacrifice saves the crew, but results in his death. His final words were, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” In the verses above Christ is nearing the point where he will give his life willingly for the many putting aside Himself and His own needs. Christ knew he was about to be beaten, tortured, and mocked. He knew the painful future as nails were about to be driven into His flesh. Worst of all He knew all of man’s sin would be placed on Him and the Father would abandon Him in His final moments of agony. This man Jesus Christ knew He was putting aside the needs of the one because the needs of the many outweighed all the pain and torture He would go through. Jesus Christ did this for you, me and the rest of the world past, present and future. Praise Jesus who sacrificed himself for us. Praise Him for choosing our needs over His own. Praise Him for loving us so much that He gave His life for ours.