God used Caiaphas unwittingly without his brain

John 11:49-52 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

John MacArthur, in a sermon, “The Plot to Kill Jesus”

Well just look … look at verse 50 again, it’s unbelievable. He was saying either we kill Jesus or the nation dies, but the words that he said came out as a prophecy of Christ’s death. See it, listen to it. “Nor consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people and that the whole nation perish not.” Isn’t that a tremendous prophecy of Christ’s death? He died for the nation, didn’t He, that the people might not perish. Out of that vile degenerate mouth came the truth of God. You see, what he was doing was uttering blasphemy and God parodied it into truth. God put a prophecy through the mouth of Caiaphas. God twisted his words of blasphemy into words of prophecy. Why Caiaphas was actually speaking the truth and in his brain he hasn’t got the faintest idea of what he was saying. Oh, I like that. I’m glad God can take that kind of stuff and turn it to His glory, aren’t you? The Bible says He makes the wrath of men to do … what? … praise Him. Psalm 2 says, “He who sitteth in the heavens shall laugh, He shall hold them in derision.” They thought by killing Jesus they’d save the nation. Well, they killed Jesus and they lost the nation, too. And the words of Caiaphas had a prophetic ring. Here he was, that blasphemous mouth, prophesying the death of Christ, announcing Christ’s death.

Oh, God can use anything. God used Caiaphas unwittingly without his brain. Why that elevates Caiaphas to the … to the stature of Balaam’s ass. And Balaam would be a good illustration of Caiaphas, too, because you remember Balaam made an unwilling prophecy, too. But here Caiaphas makes a prophecy and doesn’t even know it. That’s how God can use a mouth to speak His truth.