Mark 14: 1&2 It was now two days before Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law were still looking for an opportunity to capture Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.” (emphasis mine)
Later on in the chapter (14:12) we’re told that Jesus was betrayed “on the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed.”
I can’t get over the fact that Jesus was in control of this entire situation from beginning to the end – even the circumstances surrounding his arrest. The religious elite thought they had the upper hand, but they couldn’t even arrest him when they wanted to, even though he was within their reach the entire time. They wind up arresting him at the exact moment they wanted to avoid.
How many times do we think we have a situation under wraps, having pulled ourselves up by our own boot straps, when God has actually been the One orchestrating things behind the scenes the entire time and making it all come together the way He wants?