Did the Chief Priests change their minds about crucifying Christ during the festival?
Many do assume the chief priests did not break that Sabbath to kill Jesus Christ. Consider Luke’s account of this Sabbath feast of the Passover, the day when the chief priests forgot about, and lost all of their decorum and cleverness—to conceal their hypocritical plan to take and kill Jesus, losing sight of their fear of an uproar “on the feast day.” I am answering these questions, which belong with the original question: Was there an uproar on the day Jesus was taken and killed? Yes. Who led it? Pilate, or the Jews and the people? Was it the Passover (Mt 26:17-29), the first of seven days of unleavened bread? Which story became truth, the plans, or the failed plans of the chief priests?
After two days the feast of Passover came (Mt 26:2 & Mk 14:1). Jesus ate and was betrayed by Judas and captured by the chief priests. That night Jesus said to the chief priests, the captains of the temple, the elders, the centurion and his soldiers, and a large multitude, “Are you come out as against a thief with swords, staves and torches?” They took him to the palace of the high priest. There they blindfolded him and beat him and mocked him.
Then the chief priests assembled a council of elders, scribes and Pharisees to condemn him, trying to hand him off to Pilate before the sun rose. As hypocrites, they tried to not defile themselves, by not going into Pilate’s judgment hall, that they might still eat Passover before it was too late, which they remembered as they heard the cock crow (Ex 12:8-10 & Jn 18:27-28).
Then the multitude of them, Caiaphas excluded, rose up and led Jesus to Pilate, as Jesus had predicted. As the trial began early that morning, the people had assembled with the chief priests. The chief priests fiercely protested before the people, “This man leads the people in seditions throughout all Jewry, from Galilee to this place!” They were leading the riot on the Sabbath feast day, provoking the people into the uproar. Pilate called to the chief priests and the rulers, “Neither Herod nor I have found a fault worthy of death for Jesus. Let me release him. It’s the Passover” (Jn 12:1 & 18:39). They cried out, “Away with this man! And again, Crucify him, crucify him!” Again, Pilate said, “There is no cause of death.” Immediately they cried out again, “Crucify him!”
The voices of the chief priests prevailed. So, Pilate scourged Jesus, to deliver him as they required, “to do their will.” It was an uproar of the people, led by the chief priests, in their hour of passion, on the Sabbath feast of Passover.