Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the Jews.1 Instead he withdrew to a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover,2 many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing3 before the Passover.
They kept looking for Jesus,4 and as they stood in the temple area they asked one another, "What do you think? Isn't he coming to the Feast at all?"
But the chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that if anyone found out where Jesus was, he should report it so that they might arrest him.