Matthew 26:1-5 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man[a] will be handed over to be crucified.”
3 At that same time the leading priests and elders were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest, 4 plotting how to capture Jesus secretly and kill him. 5 “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”
Matthew 26 continues to give us the story of Jesus’ last days on earth.
On three separate occasions, Jesus predicts His own death and resurrection.
Mark 8:31 – He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.
Jesus predicts His death a 2nd time. Let’s listen.
Mark 9:30-32 – They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
Jesus Predicts His death a 3rd time. Let’s listen.
Mark 10:32-34 – 32 They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”
In this text, Jesus here makes His final announcement to the disciples of His pending death. While Jesus reminds the disciples that the Passover and his crucifixion are imminent, the chief priests and elders were plotting to seize and kill Jesus secretly out of fear of the people's reaction in the form of an uproar or riot if they had known what they were planning, especially during passover.
Now, not wanting to go head to head with Jesus in front of a Passover crowd, The chief priests, scribes, elders, etc. of the Great Sanhedrin, who were jealous of Jesus and HATED him, met at the palace of Caiaphas the high priest. They met to conspire and plot the capture and eventual death of Jesus. They planned this with a mind of satan, whereby they had been consumed. Their plan was to pull off this operation by way of trickery, deceit and craftiness.
What they did not realize is that their action is all a part of God's plan in getting Christ to the cross to die for the sins of humanity.
The plot to Kill Jesus. Was it a plot to God? No, it was God's plan.