by Jeff Strite

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It Is Better For You That One Man Die (1 of 9)
Series: Whose Line Is It?
Jeff Strite
John 11:33-54

OPEN: A mother shared this incident about taking her son to the doctor:
“Because of an ear infection, my young son, Casey, had to go to the pediatrician. I was impressed with the way the doctor directed his comments and questions to my son. When he asked Casey, "is there anything you are allergic to?" Casey nodded and whispered in his ear.
Smiling, the pediatrician wrote out a prescription and handed it to me. Without looking at it, I tucked it into my purse. Later, the pharmacist filled the order, remarking on the unusual food-drug interaction my son must have. When he saw my puzzled expression, he showed me the label on the bottle.
As per the doctor’s instructions, it read: "Do not take with broccoli."

APPLICATION: I like that Doctor – he’s my kind of man. Don’t take with broccoli. I wish I’d known him when I was a kid. He could have made all kinds of prescriptions: don’t take with green peas, don’t take with lima beans. I like him…

But the pharmacist was a bit puzzled. This was a peculiar prescription for him to fill out. He’d never heard of food/drug interaction like the one the Doctor had forbidden. It didn’t make sense.

AND there are things about the text we’ve read today that just don’t make sense

I. First, let me introduce you to the central player in this drama – a man named Caiaphas.

Caiaphas was a successful man in his day. Born of the tribe of Levi, he’d married the daughter of the High Priest, Annas. But because the Romans had become disenchanted with Annas, he had lost his position and Rome offered the office to the highest bidder every year. The winner this year was Caiaphas (kind of kept it in the family). And although he was the official High Priest, Annas continued to be the power behind the throne.

Now Caiaphas was not a particularly religious man. He belonged the party of the Sadducees, and the Sadducees were a ve ...

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