Read John 11:55-12:3
[The people] kept looking for Jesus, but as they stood around in the Temple, they said to each other, “What do you think? He won’t come for Passover, will he?” Meanwhile, the leading priests and Pharisees had publicly ordered that anyone seeing Jesus must report it immediately so they could arrest him. – John 11:56-57 (NLT)
It was getting dangerous for Jesus to be in public, and everyone knew it. Jesus knew it too, but He was not deterred. He had already counted the cost of the way of the cross and determined to pay it—for us. In this new year, let us also count the cost and be willing to pay it as we follow the way of the cross.