"Why?! What is it that he has done that he must die?" asked Pilate, but they only responded louder "crucify him!" "He has made himself the son of God so he must die!" Then Pilate shocked by the outcome of events that his plans to use the battered look of the man called Jesus and the fear of the criminal Barabbas to salvage the situation had failed began to rack his mind for another solution. Then one of the high priests; Caiaphas, noticing the procurator stalling began to suspect that he might bring up something else to try and release Jesus, he then said "if you let this man go, you would prove to be an enemy of Ceaser". But Pilate desperate to save Jesus moved closer to him and questioned him "where are you from?" Hoping to know if there was a possibility he was an affiliate to a citizen of Rome or some type of high class whom he might save with his status, but Jesus gave him no reply. Pilate then said to him: "Will you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to crucify you, and I have authority to release you?" Jesus responded, "You would not have any authority over me, unless it were given to you from above. For this reason, he who has handed me over to you has the greater sin."
Hearing these words from the man, he was shocked. There seemed to be something about him, like as though he was prepared to be put to death because of the jealousy of his people towards him, Pilate then motioned to the guards to have him seated on his seat of judgement on the balcony before the crowd. When he was seated he said "behold your king". Knowing there was now only one outcome he requested for water to wash his hands before the crowd and he said "I shall not have this man's blood on my hands, you are the ones who have this to yourselves" he then stormed out of the court and into the praetorium where his wife silently waited for him, as he passed by, their gazes locked, hers a great sign of concern, his an expression of defeat that he could not avert what his wife had feared and save the innocent man from an unjust death.
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