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 23:18-25
Pilate was having a hard time finding something in which to convict Jesus. When Jesus was first brought before Pilate he said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” When the chief priests said “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.” Pilate thought he had found an out. Since Pilate felt Jesus was from Galilee he sent Jesus the Herod to judge.
Herod was more interested in seeing Jesus perform miracles than judging Jesus’ actions. When Jesus refused to answer Herod’s questions and did not perform any miracles Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate but first Herod dressed Jesus in kingly garments and mocked Jesus.
Once again Pilate found Jesus not guilty and anything deserving death. It was customary for the Roman governor to release one Jewish prisoner during Passover. Thinking he had found an out Pilate was ready to release Jesus to the crowd but the crows cries out for Pilate to release Barabbas, a murderer, a criminal and guilty of insurrection against Rome. The Jewish rulers had so enraged the crowd against Jesus that they wanted the criminal Barabbas released rather than the innocent Jesus. Even though Pilate found no guilt in Jesus to appease the crowd he was ready to punish Jesus before he released Jesus.
Seeing the crowd was unreasonable and not wanting a riot on his hands Pilate gave in and ordered Jesus to be crucified.
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