For Pilate knew that it was because of jealousy that the chief priests and elders had handed Jesus over to him. (Matthew 27:18 AMP)
Even Pilate knew it was because of jealousy that the chief priests and elders had handed Jesus over to him to be killed. Throughout the Gospels we see their jealousy rise as Jesus, who didn’t seem like their typical Rabbi, gained more popularity and followers than them. And throughout we see them plot a way to get rid of Him. But Pilate wasn’t fooled. He couldn’t see any other reason why Jesus was handed over to him by these leaders other than jealousy. Why else would they ask for a criminal, like Barabbas, to be released instead of Jesus, who had committed no crime? It just didn’t make sense. So in their jealousy, they killed Him. But isn’t that what jealousy does? Many relationships are destroyed because of it. God still used it to accomplish His divine purpose, but what the chief priests and elders didn’t realize was that they couldn’t completely kill the Lord’s Anointed. It still stands that it doesn’t matter who is against us because if God is for us, there’s no way of stopping His purposes. He will always resurrect and restore us.