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The English word "conspire" originated from two Latin words, con, meaning to, and spiro, meaning breathe i.e. conspire literally means to breathe together, or to have the same spirit (see the Fact Finder question below to understand how the principle of the Holy Spirit is also a matter of breathing together, but for good).
Those who plotted the murder of Jesus Christ manifested both forms of the evil kind of conspiring - they breathed together, they talked together to bring about their criminal plot, and they surely had the same spirit of evil in doing so.
"If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation"
The persecution of true Christians through the ages has been both religious and political. Worldly religious authorities viewed God's true people as a threat because of the truth that they preached from the Word of God, while worldly politicians viewed them as a threat because they looked to another King as their leader. The conspirators against Christ manifested both.
The religious conspirators were also worried about their political standing. Ironically, Caiaphas, the high priest (the function which was created to be a living prophecy of Christ - see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?), seemed to have some awareness that Christ was the Lamb of God, which was, and still is, contrary to what the people of Judah have given themselves to believe i.e. that the Messiah would come and reign and not be killed (correct, but not until His second coming - see Why Two Comings Of The Christ?):
"11:45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 11:46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 11:47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
Judas was a conspirator with the religious authorities, but his involvement was more personal and political - he rejected Christ's leadership, as prophesied for him (see Was Judas Necessary?).
"26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?
The Romans were the actual executioners, even though they all knew that Christ was innocent of any wrongdoing (see also They All Knew), but they killed Him anyway merely for their political convenience.
"27:13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? 27:14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
Fact Finder: The conspirators against Christ obviously breathed evil, had an evil spirit together (conspire means to breathe). In contrast, how is the good Spirit, the Spirit of God, also a "breath"?