Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.
But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
Notice at least four characteristics of the rulers in Jusaism in regards to Jesus:
People opposed to Christ tend to run in packs. Even if they are aggressive enough to openly oppose Christ alone it is because they assume the majority is on their side.
They looked for a way to take Christ without causing a stir. They were not sure who would be for them in a frontal attack on Christ and they could be sure the Romans would be opposed. Therefore they had to find a way to take him without causing an uproar.
They had no innocent motives concerning Christ. They intended to have Him killed.
All of this was done under the guise of religion and righteousness.