This morning I went through Matthew 26 with my NT class. There are some interesting contrasting parallels between Jesus and his followers in this chapter…
Jesus responds to charges made against him by the high priest with quiet submission, culminating with the acknowledgement, when put under oath, that he is the Lord (Ps 110) and Son of Man (Dan 7) – thus fulfilling the Scriptures.
Peter responds to charges made against him by the servants of the high priest with loud defiance, culminating with putting himself under oath, to insist that he does not know the man – thus fulfilling Jesus’ word.
Jesus responds to his betrayal by Judas by determining to give his life away.
Judas responds to his betrayal by the chief priests and elders by taking his own life.
It seems to me that Matthew is careful to show that there is no category left unstained by the blood of Jesus: key representatives of the Gentiles (i.e. the governor and soldiers), of Israel (i.e. chief priests and elders), and even of the Twelve (i.e. Peter and Judas) cooperate in bringing Jesus to the cross.