John 11:47-57 (Also found in Matthew 26:1-5, Mark 14:1-2 and Luke 22:1-2)
The chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council.
Matthew tells us they met at the palace of the high priest. (26:3)
Chief priests and Pharisees : What shall we do? This man does many miracles. If we let him alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
Caiaphas (the high priest that year): You know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
He spoke this not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation. And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
From that day forth they took counsel together to put him to death. Jesus therefore no longer walked openly among the Jews; but went from there to a country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
The Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
They sought for Jesus, and spoke among themselves, as they stood in the temple.
Jews: What do you think, that he will not come to the feast?
Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he was, he should make it known, that they might take him.
The scriptures tell us in other places that they sought to kill Jesus.
John tells us in 5:16-18 after Jesus healed the man at the pool of Bethesda: “And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.”
In John 6, Jesus fed the 5,000 then walked on water and then spoke of himself being the Bread of Life. Then John 7:1 says “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Judaea, because the Jews sought to kill him.”
Matthew 26:2-5 (Also found in Mark 14:1-2 and Luke 22:1-2) “Two days before the feast of the Passover, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled together in the palace of Caiaphas the high priest and consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty and kill him but not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
Why did the chief priests and Pharisees seek to kill Jesus? Jesus answered that question for us.
John 8:37 …You seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you.
John 8:40 -41, 44 …You seek to kill me… You do the deeds of your father…You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning…