Jesus before Pilate

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Jesus before Pilate

Jesus before PilateWhen Jesus was betrayed by Judas and arrested, the chief priests and elders of the people planned to put Him to death.  They bound Jesus and brought Him for judgment before Pontius Pilate, who was the Roman governor at that time.

Pilate spoke to Jesus and did not find any crime in Him.  And Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes, “I find no crime in this man.” But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.” (Luke 23:4-5)

Pilate did not want to judge Him.  When he learned that Jesus was from Galilee, he sent Him over to Herod, who was the king of Judea.  Herod was very glad to see Jesus because he had heard about Him and wanted Him to perform a miracle.  He questioned Jesus for a long time but Jesus gave no answer.  The chief priests continued to accuse Him.  And Herod with the soldiers treated Him with contempt and mocked Him; then, arraying Him in gorgeous apparel, he sent Him back to Pilate.” (23:11)

Again the governor said that he could find no guilt in Jesus.  “Behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him; I will therefore chastise Him and release Him.” (23:15-16)  But the crowds cried, “Crucify, crucify Him!” (23:21)  They wanted Pilate to release Barabbas, who was a robber and murderer.  For the third time, the governor asked, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found in Him no crime deserving death.” But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that He should be crucified. (23:22-23)

So Pilate, seeing that he could do nothing, gave the order to crucify Jesus.  The murderer Barabbas was let free.

Pilate [′pailǝt]
Barabbas [bəˈræbəs]