Again Pilate went out
and said to the Jewish leaders, “Look, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may know that I find no reason
for an accusation against him.” Jesus came outside, wearing
the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Look, here is the man!” When the chief priests
and their officers saw him, they shouted out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said, “You take him and crucify him! Certainly I find no reason
for an accusation against him!” The Jewish leaders replied, “We have a law, and according to our law
he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God!” When Pilate heard what they said,
he was more afraid than ever, and he went back into
the governor’s residence and said to Jesus, “Where do you come from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know I have the authority
to release you, and to crucify you?” Jesus replied, “You would have no authority over me at all,
unless it was given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me
over to you is guilty of greater sin.” From this point on, Pilate tried to release him. But the Jewish leaders shouted out, “If you release this man,
you are no friend of Caesar! Everyone who claims to be a king,
opposes Caesar!” When Pilate heard these words
he brought Jesus outside and sat down on the judgment seat in the place called “The Stone Pavement” (Gabbatha in Aramaic). (Now it was the day of preparation
for the Passover, about noon.) Pilate said to the Jewish leaders, “Look, here is your king!” When Pilate saw that he could do nothing,
but that instead a riot was starting, he took some water, washed his hands before the crowd and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. You take care of it yourselves!” In reply all the people said, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released Barabbas for them. But after he had Jesus flogged,
he handed him over to be crucified.