56 Then they looked for Jesus and, as they were standing in the temple, they said to one another: “What do you think? Will He not come to the temple at all?
57 The high priests and Pharisees had given commands that if anyone should know where He is they should reveal it, so that they might arrest Him.
In an F A Cup match occasionally a large football club, like Manchester United or Arsenal are scheduled to play at a much smaller club. The supporters of the smaller club are disappointed if some of the big ‘stars’ at the larger club are not picked to play. Their disappointment is because they want the opportunity to see these players for themselves.
Occasionally it happens that a major ‘pop star’ is unable to perform at a concert, which produces a great deal of disappointment, and sometimes anger.
There must have been a lot of people in Jerusalem who wanted to see Jesus. His reputation had gone before Him. He was a renowned teacher. He was famous for having the authority to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons. He had a reputation for confounding the Jewish authorities.
He was their equivalent of David against Goliath.
Therefore, the people were probably excited at the prospect of seeing Jesus for themselves.
Yet they all knew that it would be dangerous for Jesus to attend the Passover feast. It was common knowledge that the Jewish authorities were looking for ways to arrest Jesus and eliminate Him. Based on the fact that the authorities paid Judas thirty pieces of silver for him being an informant, it is possible that they may have put up a reward for any information that led to the arrest of Jesus. They had certainly issued an order that anyone who could provide information about Jesus must do so.
Jesus would have been expected to attend the Passover, as were all Jewish males. Yet there was some doubt because of the danger Jesus faced.
It is clear that the intentions of Jesus were not public knowledge, and doubt was in the minds of the people.
We have seen that there were those times when Jesus withdrew from dangerous situations. This occasion was not the right time for Him to do so.
The people may have thought that it would be wise for Jesus to give the Passover a miss. However, what is wise in human eyes is not necessarily the wisdom of God.
Paul made this point in 1 Corinthians 1.24: This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength – (NLT).
Therefore, let us: Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding – Proverbs 3.5 (NLT).