According to John's gospel, the reason why the authorities want to get rid of Jesus is because he had raised Lazarus from the dead. Evidently, Jesus' power was a threat to their power. Andrew O'Brien pictures that in his painting for the Fifth Sunday of Lent. The tomb of Lazarus leads to the cross of Christ.
Jesus, according to John's gospel, was a threat to the powers and authorities that wanted to maintain their control and power. Jesus worked on the fringes of society, loving and caring for people his culture had overlooked and discounted. He loved the wrong people, acted on their behalf, claimed that love is its own authority, and cared no matter what. Such effusive love is always a threat to those that want to limit love. And it is usually those who love power that want to do so. Jesus believed in the power of love and not in the love of power. And because of that he was a threat to those that loved power.
We will hear those threats, once again, as we make our way through Holy Week.The powerful love of Jesus is always a threat to those who love power.