Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Anointed for Burial
26 1-2 When Jesus finished saying these things, he told his disciples, “You know that Passover comes in two days. That’s when the Son of Man will be betrayed and handed over for crucifixion.”
3-5 At that very moment, the party of high priests and religious leaders was meeting in the chambers of the Chief Priest named Caiaphas, conspiring to seize Jesus by stealth and kill him. They agreed that it should not be done during Passover Week. “We don’t want a riot on our hands,” they said.
-Matthew 26:1-5 The Message
The Plot to Kill Jesus
26 verse 1 When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples,
Verse 2: “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
Verse 3: Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,
Verse 4: and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.
Verse 5: But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
Verse 3 study: Caiaphas was the ruling high priest during Jesus’ ministry. He was the son-in-law of Annas, the previous high priest. The Roman government had taken over appointing political and religious leaders. Caiaphas served for 18 years; that’s the longest among high priests or one of the longest. It is suggested that he was gifted at cooperating with the Romans. He was the first to recommend Jesus’ death to “save the nation.”
49 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.” -John 11:49-50 ESV
Verses 3-5 studies: This was a bold attempt to kill Jesus. There would have been no groundswell of popular opinion against him without the plot. Because of Jesus’ popularity, the religious leaders were afraid to arrest Jesus during the Passover, fearing a riot over their actions.