Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
They say that if you want to hide something from others, its probably a bad idea, or a wrong choice. If it needs to be a secret, it's not good.
The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders knew that having Jesus killed would tick some people off. They wanted to do it after the feast, maybe so things would calm down and it could happen quieter. Whatever their reason, they were trying to hide it from the people. They knew it was wrong enough to make people upset.
So why did they go through with it? Why kill a man who was innocent that people generally liked, knowing that it was wrong?
Jesus was wrecking their lives. He came in, told them that they were hypocrites and just generally wrong, et cetera, (all in love, though) and they couldn't handle it. That's the major idea, anyway.
What can we take away from this? The people who delivered Jesus up to be killed knew it was wrong. Like I said yesterday, sometimes we don't know when we're screwing up and are completely oblivious about God, and sometimes we know we're doing wrong. Either time, its sin. If we know that something's wrong, we need to not continue in it.
In His Service,
Response Question: Why did the priests, etc. want to wait until after the feast?