Matthew 26:3-5 (New International Version)
3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him. 5"But not during the Feast," they said, "or there may be a riot among the people."
The chief priests were determined. They had a plot to kill Jesus--but at a time other than during the feast of Passover.
They had their reasons--it would be so much better to do this at a more discrete time--quietly.
But the timing of Christ's death was significant--Passover had deep importance in the story of redemption. It was the commemoration of the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt and the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb (Exodus 12) which forshadowed Jesus' sacrificial death.
Nothing could stop God's plan--neither a few religious people nor all the powers of hell.
Matthew 26:12 (New International Version) says, of the woman at Bethany, who poured a large quantity of expensive perfume over Jesus head--quoting Jesus:
12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.
God's plan was rolling out unrelentingly...
I think of this and it steadies my soul--and it calms my spirit. Could it be so in my life too? Yes!
I don't have to worry, strive, battle, fight or push my way through life. I can simply rest in this. God has all things in hand--and his plan will prevail.