Mt. 26:1-5, 14-16; Mk. 14:1, 2, 10, 11; Lk. 22:1-6
It was Tuesday night and Jesus concluded speaking to the apostles by pointing out that after two days, it would be the Passover and He would be delivered up to be crucified.
In a high level meeting at the palace of Caiaphas, the high priest, the chief priests, scribes and elders were discussing how they might through trickery take Jesus and kill Him. They were afraid to kill Him during the Feast because He was so popular, they feared that the people might riot.
It had been only four days since Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. He was quite popular in Galilee and a large number of Galileans were present at this time.
The Council received some unexpected help from Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve apostles. He said that he would betray Jesus to them away from the multitude, so the people would not know what was happening.
They counted out the price of a slave, thirty pieces of silver, to pay Judas. He then began to look for an opportunity to turn the Savior over to the Jews to be crucified.