Therefore, Jesus was no longer active in public ministry among the Jewish leaders. Instead, he left Jerusalem and went to a place near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.
It was almost time for the Jewish Passover, and many people went from the countryside up to Jerusalem to purify themselves through ritual washing before the Passover.
They were looking for Jesus. As they spoke to each other in the temple, they said, "What do you think? He won't come to the festival, will he?"
The chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where he was should report it, so they could arrest him.