Now the curtain opens upon the final great drama of Jesus’ life.  He has finished the work, completed everything the Father had given Him to do.  It remained only that He institute the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper, go to Gethsemane to meet His enemies, suffer the ignominy of crucifixion, and be raised from the dead.  But though He had accomplished His ministry, and was now ready to complete the great transaction purposed from the foundation of the world, everything done before must have paled in comparison.  He had labored and suffered much, it is true.  But those griefs and sorrows would seem as nothing when compared to the scourge of His Father’s righteous wrath, which was about to be brought to bear against Him, as He stood as the holy Substitute in the room of sinners.

Jesus wished to have His disciples well prepared, and it also seems He coveted their company as this final drama approached.  He solemnly warns them that the time has arrived, and after the feast of the Passover the Son of man would be betrayed to be crucified.  As God, He was fully aware of all that was to come upon Him, and precisely how the thing would be played out.  He wished to have His disciples as prepared mentally as it was possible to be, but to the end it appears they did not comprehend what their Lord was about.

While Christ was telling His disciples these things, His enemies plotted against Him to destroy Him.  No doubt David’s many complaints against His enemies prophetically foreshadowed the cunning schemes of these wicked men.  This is where we begin to see the primary fulfillment of the great messianic second psalm, where the kings of the earth and the rulers took counsel against the Lord and against His anointed.  There was nothing they desired more than that Jesus be slain and put out of the way, that their own positions might be secure.  But it must be done carefully, because Jesus had such popularity among the common people that they feared if the thing was perpetrated in broad daylight they might create a riot.