Matthew 26:1–5 (NKJV, also appearing in Mark 14:1, 2; Luke 22:1, 2)
Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, 2 “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
3 Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him. 5 But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”Matthew 26:1-5
Just following Jesus’ parables and teachings on being ready for the coming of the Lord, He revealed that He would soon be crucified, largely due to the actions of the Jewish leadership. Ironically, the leadership immediately began plotting as to how they could acheive just that. They would use trickery and plots to catch Him in some infraction of the Jewish law and insist that He be killed. This would be exactly the means by which they would attempt to rid themselves of Christ. They sought to avoid doing so during the feast of Passover, so as to avoid a mob response. However, on the night during which Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples, the plot unfolded. This shifts the tone and direction of the story of Christ in the book of Matthew, and begins to take the reader down the path to the Passion of Christ. What can be learned here? When you do the Lord’s work, there will be enemies and opposition, but God’s plan must still go forth, and He will go with you.
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