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Passion Week

Plot Against Jesus

Scripture

Matthew 26:1-5
Mark 14:1-2
Luke 22:1-2

Similar Passage

The Plot to Kill Jesus

Commentary

While the similar plot to kill Jesus took place nearing the Passover and this particular story takes place only two days before the Passover, there was likely more than two conversations about killing Jesus.  This story and the similar one in John are the only recorded conversations of what was likely an ongoing discussion on how to deal with Jesus.

The chief priests and teachers of the law are in agreement that Jesus needed to be killed and that it had to be done as quietly as possible.  They knew that Jesus had a large following in Jerusalem and that killing Him could lead to riots.  For this reason they look for a way to trap Him.  They also decide not to do it during the Passover because of the large number of people in the city during that time.

Judas Iscariot ultimately agrees to betray Jesus and will hand Him over to the chief priests.  It will be during the Passover feast but in the end they decide to take what they can get and use the opportunity to kill Jesus.  In the end, it is all according to God's timing however as Jesus dies on the cross at the same time as the Passover lambs were being sacrificed.

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