When Jesus had finished saying all these things, He said to His disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away - and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill Him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”
As Jesus faces His imminent death, He has been taking time to lovingly instruct His followers on near as well as distant future events (Mt.24-25). Whether we’ve been walking with Jesus only briefly or already for a long time, may we see how Jesus longs to instruct us too.
However, before the events hinted at in the previous chapters can take place, the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified (26:1). The gift of His life is necessary to enable us to enter into the greatest wedding feast of the most loving bridegroom (25:10) and face the final judgment when the Son of Man returns in glory (25:31).
And so, a great feast becomes a greater Passover. The Lamb replaces the lambs. What Caiaphas and the elders of the people meant for evil (26:3-4) God meant for the greatest good. That all who trust in the crucified Son of Man will live.
The Hofstra family