You’re not considering that it is to your advantage that one man should die for the people rather than the whole nation perish.
Here, these evil leaders overarching philosophy of ‘the ends justifies the means’ is clearly revealed. Whatever it takes to protect their place in the world must be pursued. Whatever it takes to maintain their idea of Jewish influence must be planned and accomplished even if the motivation is pure evil. The end will justify the means.
This mentality and perspective often begins at the top and is driven by those in charge who have the power. It is the mindset of death for it elevates a man’s pride and self-preservation above all else. It kills others and eventually destroys those who pursue it. Manipulative, power hungry leaders use whatever it takes to achieve their goals. They are consumed with the end result at the expense of anyone or anything that might attempt to thwart them or their idea.
Jesus always respected and emphasized the means, the journey, the people along the way. He never sought a result at the expense of others. He sought others at the expense of Himself. True love invests in the ‘means’ knowing that God controls the end. We are people of ‘The Way’ and thus it is the journey that takes precedence for us since we know Where and to Whom we are headed.