Torah scholars and Pharisees in the Gospels appear mostly as critics of the behavior of Jesus and his followers. They were outraged about his forgiveness of sins, most of them claiming that it should be punishable by death. They were the ones that got spies to follow him around, trying always to catch him out, hoping to collect enough evidence to prove he was not the Son of God. What was even more shocking was his fellowship with those they considered as “unclean,” “tax collectors and sinners”.
They also tried to show him up as a drunkard and glutton, especially when he and his disciples would heal on the Sabbath day. They considered this to be the greatest sin of all, because their laws at the time, forbid anyone to perform such tasks on the holy Sabbath day. Many times they would gather information about this man in order to try him, but he was either too wise for them at the time, or he simply slipped away.
From the moment Jesus became a prominent figure in the Holy Land, the Pharisees were already planning his death because they felt threatened by him. Jesus was not trying to make the Pharisees and Leaders angry at him, he simply felt that he needed to do what he knew to be just and right. He had no regard for the personal consequences, cause he was on a mission like no other. To save humanity from sin. In fact, it has been proven many times since that a man of truth is often unwanted and mocked because with the truth comes change.
In fact, there are many hints in the Bible that the Pharisees invited Jesus to dinner in their homes and were interested in his teachings. They could not figure out how a man so young could know so much about the inner workings of Gods Laws. Some of them had been studying for decades, only to be outsmarted and out-witted by Jesus with every questions he was asked.
In the end, it was hardly surprising when they were responsible for his death. It was a sad reflection on the leader.