After healing Lazarus Jesus goes to the village of Ephraim until Passover week.
Jesus new that some of the Jewish leaders wanted to kill Jesus so He stayed out of their way until it was time for Him to die which was at the being of the Passover, one of the feasts God commanded all Jewish men to keep.
Caiaphas the High Priest that year prophesied why Jesus was to die.
Ephraim is on a conical hill overlooking the Jordan valley and the Dead Sea. Sixteen miles north east of Jerusalem and five miles east of Bethel.
The Plot to Kill Jesus
45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. 46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.
"What are we accomplishing?" they asked. "Here is this man performing many miraculous signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."
49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, "You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish."
51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. 53So from that day on they plotted to take his life.
54 Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the Jews. Instead he withdrew to a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.
55 When it was almost time for the Jewish
Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their
ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. 56 They kept
looking for Jesus, 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?" 57But
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.