v 14. Then the Pharisees called a meeting to plot how to kill Jesus.
Matthew paints Jesus’ relationship with the Pharisees as a downhill run which now slides even further towards the climax of the crucifixion. The serious plotting has begun, leaving Jesus to walk in the constant shadow of the cross. Did Jesus know about this? – of course He did, and yet He set His face to go through with it for the sake of our salvation. He was determined to fulfil the purposes of His Father whatever the struggle and cost to Himself.