Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. I will therefore punish and release him.” But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will. Luke 23:13-25
It is early morning on Friday. Jesus has not slept since Wednesday night. Since His arrest Thursday night he has been shuttled back and forth to various courts. First to the Temple court where the high priest Caiaphas has pronounced Jesus guilty of blasphemy. For the Jews this was a capital offence but per Roman law they were not allowed to execute Jesus. So Caiaphas had Jesus sent to Pilate the Roman governor of Palestine.
You would have expected Pilate to have no problem executing Jesus. After all what was one more Jew put to death to Pilate? I can’t imagine he had much love for the Jews or Palestine. Palestine was not exactly a prime post in the Roman Empire. It was hot, dusty and far away from Rome. Yet Pilate surprises us. He finds no guilt in Jesus and just wants to flog Him and set Jesus free and get the whole mess out of his hands. The priests however have different ideas, they want Jesus dead.
Pilate decides to send Jesus to Herod and let the Jewish King decide Jesus’ fate. Herod is more interested in seeing Jesus perform miracles on command than any issues that are troubling the priests. Herod had no love for the Jews as he was a Sumerian and did not find any reason the execute Jesus. So once again Jesus is sent back to Pilate for sentencing. Finally, wanting to put the whole thing behind him Pilate gives in to the mob and sentences Jesus to be crucified. Not wishing to take blame Pilate washes his hand of the matter, but the sentence is still to be carried out.
It is now most likely late in the morning, Friday.
Have a blessed day,