Just like Judas, the religious leaders had read all about a Messiah who was to come and restore their land. Like Judas, Jesus did not meet their expectations. The religious leaders did not like the Romans, who were in control of the land. They were hoping for a messiah who would over throw them, but in the mean time they had a good “live and let live” relationship with the authorities. They were concerned that Jesus was stirring up the crowds who were visiting the Temple for Passover. They had seen him ride into Jerusalem to a hero’s welcome. Jesus criticised the religious leaders and they were worried that the status quo would be affected if they allowed him to continue. So they arrested him and brought him to trial. Christians believe that when other people say bad things about you, Jesus knows the truth.