13.8 Jesus' Second Trial Before Pilate
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Nov 28 13.8 At Passover, Pilate customarily released any one prisoner the people wanted. One named Barabbas had been imprisoned with a band which had committed murder during a riot. The crowd came asking Pilate to make his usual prisoner release. Then Pilate summoned the chief priests, rulers and people and said, “You have charged this man with inciting a rebellion, but my examination of him in your presence reveals no basis for your charges.1 Neither has Herod found any, for he returned him to us. He has done nothing deserving death.2 I will flog him and release him.” As the crowd gathered, Pilate asked, “Which one shall I release, the notorious Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Christ?” For he knew the religious leaders, because of envy, brought Jesus to him.
Nov 29 While Pilate sat on his judgment seat, this message came from his wife, “Do nothing to that innocent man,3 I suffered much today in a dream because of him.” But the chief priests and elders incited the mob to ask for Barabbas, when Pilate asked, “Which one shall I release?” They shouted, “Barabbas.”
Then Pilate flogged Jesus. The soldiers crowned him with plaited thorns and dressed him in a purple robe.
Then they struck him in the face, saying, “Hail, the king of Jews!”
Pilate returned and said, “I bring him out to let you know, I find him not guilty.4 I will flog him and release him.” Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. “Behold the man!” Pilate exclaimed, wishing to free Jesus. What shall I do with Jesus who is called the Christ? They all shouted, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”
Nov. 30 “You, crucify him. What evil has he done? I have no case against him.”5 Pilate said the third time.
The religious populace shouted, “Crucify him! By our law he must die because he claimed to be God’s Son.”6 Hearing this made Pilate more afraid; he went inside and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” Jesus didn’t answer. Pilate tried again, “Do you refuse to answer? Don’t you know I have authority both to release and crucify you?”
Jesus answered, “You have no authority over me except that granted from above. Hence, my betrayer has the greater sin.”7
Dec 1 Then Pilate wanted to free him, but the religious populace shouted, “If you free him, you’re not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself king opposes Caesar.” Hearing this, Pilate brought Jesus out. He sat down on the judge’s seat in a place called The Pavement. It was about noon on the day of preparation for the Passover. Pilate said, “Behold your king!” They shouted, “Away, away and crucify him!”
“Crucify your king?” Pilate asked.
“Our only king is Caesar,” the chief priests answered.
Fearing a riot and sensing futility, he took water and washed his hands before them, saying, “I’m innocent of this man’s blood. It’s your responsibility!” The people answered, “His blood be on us and our children.”8 Pilate wanting to please them freed Barabbas, and after flogging Jesus, delivered Jesus to them to be crucified.