Matthew 26:1-5 When Jesus had finished all these sayings, He said to His disciples, 2 “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to be crucified.”
3 Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 and took counsel that they might take Jesus covertly and kill Him. 5 But they said, “Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
PLOT=enedreuó in the greek and is defined as to lie in wait for, to plot, seek to entrap, defraud, deceive, prepare a trap for.
In this text, Jesus' teaching ministry is now over.
In the final days of Jesus life on earth, Jesus foretells His future death by crucifixion to His disciples. He told them "after two days is the passover and He, the Son of Man, will be betrayed and handed over to be crucified."
The time has now come for Jesus to fulfill His mission and purpose in which He came to die on the cross for the sins of humanity.
Indeed, His death on the cross was in full view.
This plot to kill Jesus will take place under the watch of Caiaphas who was a high priest.
The murderous plot to set up, betray and eventually kill Jesus is now set in motion as the gathering of the scribes and elders come together in a secret meeting at the palace of Caiaphas, the high priest.
Yes, the murderous plot to kill Jesus is now set in full motion.
Jesus knew what His purpose was and He knew what the deceitful schemes of His enemies were too. Jesus being the Sovereign God of the universe knows all things.
The scribes and elders did not want to put Jesus to death during the passover feast in fear of the people causing an uproar, but, this is exactly what they did.
What the priests and elders did not realize is that God had orchestrated everything and the time on God's schedule for Jesus death will be fulfilled during the Passover as God had planned it.
Jesus death on the cross at passover was a fulfilment of the foreshadow seen in the old testament when the Israelites were commanded by God to kill a lamb and place the blood on the doors of their homes and God will passover and everyone in their households would be spared.
Exodus 12:23- For the LORD will pass through the land to strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the LORD will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down.
When we accept God's atoning work at the cross as the price paid for our sins, God too will not see our sins, but He will see the blood of Jesus and receive us as His own.
Jesus death by the shedding of His blood on the cross at Passover is the same blood that is still available today. It still redeems and saves ALL from the penalty of of death and eternal separation from God by faith.
Access to God is available today by faith to all who would believe!
When God passes through the realms of the earth and the blood of Jesus is not hanging from the window of your heart, death will catch you off guard and you will die and spend eternity separated from God.
The blood had been shed, the temple curtain had been torn in two and the gate (temple curtain) that had once been off limts to man is now wide open with full access to God through Christ Jesus, the "Sacrificial Lamb" who shed His blood to atone for our sins.
The day Jesus shed His blood and died, Redemption and Salvation was made available to all.
If you die in your sins apart from God, it is a choice that you made for God has done all He is going to do where salvation and redemption is concerned for humanity. The rest is up to you.
We all have the choice to either accept or reject what God has done and made available to us at Calvary through the shed blood of Christ.
The door of "SALVATION" is open wide. One day the door will be closed and the opportunity to be saved will be no more.
Now is the acceptable time! Today is the day of Salvation!
The high priest and the leaders had a murderous plot against Jesus and guess what, satan has one against you too.
Satan comes to rob, kill and destroy. Jesus came that you may have life and have it more abundantly.
RUN TO JESUS!
Accept Jesus as your Savior while you still yet have time and live in eternity with Him.