Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Now [because of this] Herodias had a grudge against John and wanted to kill him, but had not been able to.
Now the Passover Festival and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were held two days later. [Note: This was the annual Jewish Festival week commemorating Israel's deliverance from Egyptian bondage under Moses' leadership. The unleavened bread was specially baked bread containing no yeast, which was eaten for seven days as part of the celebration]. And the leading priests and experts in the law of Moses were looking for a way to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him.
And when the Council had threatened them some more, they [finally] released them because they could not find any reason to punish them. [Actually] they were worried about how the people felt [about the matter], since everybody was giving honor to God for the miracle that had been performed.
[Immediately] the captain, with his officers, went [to the Temple] and brought the apostles back again, but did not use any violence because they feared that the people might stone them.
But if we say, 'from men,' we are afraid the crowd will oppose us because they all consider John to be a prophet."
Was the immersion of John [authorized] from heaven or from men? Give me an answer."
But if we say 'from men,' all the people will stone us, for they are convinced that John was a prophet."