When it came to the final hours of Jesus’ ministry, and prior to His crucifixion, Matthew recorded the true motives of the religious leaders. Even the unbelieving Pilate to whom the religious leaders delivered Jesus, knew their motives: “For he knew that the chief priests had delivered Him because of envy” (Mk 15:10; see Mt 27:18). The situation at the time of the crucifixion was as it was when Paul stood before resistent Jews in Antioch of Pisidia: “But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy. And contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed those things that were spoken by Paul” (At 13:45). The religious leaders of the day behaved as was stated by Aeschylus: “No man is a complete failure until he begins disliking men who succeed.”
Be sure to read the last quote. Not biblical, but good. Also check his next post about greed crucifying Jesus.