Later that evening, Jesus again told his chosen witnesses (183), “In two days, during the Passover Festival, I will be arrested & sentenced to be crucified.”
At the same time, the chief priests & the elders met together in the palace of Caiaphas, the High Priest; they plotted to arrest Jesus & arrange for his execution. “We must not do it during the Passover Festival,” they said, “or the people will riot.”
Satan had begun to control the thoughts & feelings & actions of Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve chosen witnesses.
Now Judas offered to betray Jesus to the chief priests & the officers of their temple guard. They were very pleased, so they agreed to pay Judas thirty silver coins.
The agreement was made, and Judas started looking for an opportunity for the officials to arrest Jesus, without the people knowing about it.
(183) Matthew 26:1-5 & 14-16, Mark 14:1-2 & 10-11, Luke 22:1-6