It was two days before Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and legal experts through cunning tricks were searching for a way to arrest Jesus and kill him. But they agreed that it shouldn’t happen during the festival; otherwise, there would be an uproar among the people.
Mark 14:1-2, Common English Bible (c) 2011
The religious authorities are so afraid of Jesus (Mark 11:18), they plot to kill him.
They are so afraid of the crowd (Mark 12:12), they keep the plans secret.
Any time we find ourselves in the middle of doing something by cunning and stealth we should pause to consider our true motive. A surprise celebration may be one thing, but plots and secrets we do not want made public are quite another.
Jesus lived with integrity and transparency. Seems a reliable role model to me.
-Teressa Clark, 2012, 2019
Lenten Reflections 2019: Following Jesus from the Mount of Olives to the Tomb ~ Day 22