Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
But they reasoned, "We will not [take him] during the Festival, because it might start a riot among the people."
Then the day came for the Festival of Unleavened Bread [to be held], on which the Passover [lamb] was to be sacrificed.
Then, early in the morning they led Jesus from Caiaphas to [governor Pilate's] headquarters. But the Jewish authorities would not enter it, because [if they had] they would have become ceremonially unclean, and could not eat the Passover meal. [Note: This was because they regarded a Gentile house as defiling].
to do what your plan and wisdom predetermined should happen.
Now Herod wanted to have him put to death, [but hesitated], fearing the crowd, because they considered John to be a prophet.
But if we say, 'from men,' we are afraid the crowd will oppose us because they all consider John to be a prophet."
But if we say 'from men,' all the people will stone us, for they are convinced that John was a prophet."
Then Herod summoned the astrologer/sages and learned from them exactly when the star had appeared.
Now at the [Passover] Festival, the governor was accustomed to releasing whatever prisoner the crowd wanted.
Now at the Passover Festival Pilate customarily released whatever prisoner the people asked him to.
And the leading priests and experts in the law of Moses were looking for a way to kill Jesus because they were afraid of the people [i.e., that people would riot if it were done during the Festival. See Matt. 26:5].