But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. (John 6:64)
This is the fourth in a BCBC in Action series remembering Christ’s final earthly days.
Day 4: Holy Wednesday — A Day of Plotting and Betrayal
The Bible doesn’t say what the Lord did on Wednesday of Passion Week. Scholars speculate that after two exhausting days in Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples spent this day resting in Bethany in anticipation of the Passover.
In contrast, the Great Sanhedrin is busy this day. This supreme court of ancient Israel includes 71 members. It’s constituted with a Chief/Prince/Leader called Nasi, a vice chief justice (Av Beit Din), and sixty-nine general members. At this time the position of leader (High Priest) is held by Caiaphas.
So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.” (John 11:45-48)
They have powers to try Jesus.
They plot to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.” (Matthew 26:3-5)
The price negotiated with Judas to identify the One of inestimable worth is 30 pieces of silver (wages for about 4 months). Judas agrees to betray Jesus and says…
“What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him 30 pieces of silver. (Matthew 26:15)
Tomorrow: The Last Supper
Click here to read Day 1: Palm Sunday.
Click here to read Day 2: Jesus Clears the Temple.
Click here to read Day 3: Ambush in the Temple, the Mount of Olives.