John 18:28 - 19:16
Early in the morning Jesus was taken from
Caiaphas' house to the governor's palace.
The Jewish authorities did not go inside the palace, for they wanted to keep themselves ritually clean, in order to be able to eat the
Passover meal. So Pilate went outside to them and asked, "What do you accuse this Man of"?
Their answer was, "We would not have brought Him to you if He had not committed a
Pilate said to them, "Then you yourselves take Him and try Him according to your own
They replied, "We are not allowed to put anyone to death". (This happened in
order to make come true what Jesus had said when He indicated the kind of death He would die.)
Pilate went back into the palace and called Jesus. "Are you the king of the
Jews"? he asked Him.
Jesus answered, "Does this question come from you or have others told you about
Pilate replied, "Do you think I am a Jew? It was your own people and the chief priests
who handed You over to me. What have You done"?
Jesus said, "My kingdom does not belong to this world; if My kingdom belonged to this
world, My followers would fight to keep Me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. No, My kingdom does not belong
So Pilate asked Him, "Are you a king, then"?
Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for
this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to Me".
"And what is the truth"? Pilate asked.
Then Pilate went back outside to the people and said to them, "I cannot find any
reason to condemn Him. But according to the custom you have, I always set free a prisoner for you during the Passover. Do you want me
to set free for you the king of the Jews"?
They answered him with a shout, "We want Barabbas"!
(Barabbas was as bandit.)
Christ Crowned with Thorns - by TIZIANO Vecellio - from Musée du Louvre, Paris
Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him whipped. The soldiers made a crown out of thorny branches and put it on His
head; then they put a purple robe on Him and came to Him and said, "Long live the King of the Jews"! And they went up and
Pilate washes his hands in innocence - by MAES, Nicolaes - from Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Pilate went back out once more and said to the crowd, "Look, I will bring Him out here to you to let you
see that I cannot find any reason to condemn Him". So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said
to them, "Look! Here is the Man"!
When the chief priests and the Temple guards saw Him, they shouted, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him"!
Pilate said to them, "You take Him, then, and crucify Him. I find no reason to condemn Him".
The crowd answered back, "We have a law that says He ought to die, because He claimed to be the Son of
When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid. He went back into the palace and asked Jesus, "Where do
You come from"?
But Jesus did not answer. Pilate said to Him, "You will not speak to me? Remember, I have the authority to
set You free and also to have You crucified".
Jesus answered, "You have authority over Me only because it was given to you by God. So the man who handed
Me over to you is guilty of a worse sin".
When Pilate heard this, he tried to find a way to set Jesus free. But the crowd shouted back, "If you set
Him free, that means that you are not the Emperor's friend! Anyone who claims to be a king is a rebel against the Emperor"!
When Pilate heard these words, he took Jesus outside and sat down on the judge's seat in a place called "The
Stone Pavement". (In Hebrew the name is "Gabbatha") It was then almost noon of the day before the Passover. Pilate said
to the people, "Here is your King"!
They shouted back, "Kill Him! Kill Him! Crucify Him!"
Pilate asked them, "Do you want me to crucify your king"?
The chief Priests answered, "The only king we have is the Emperor"!
Then Pilate handed Jesus over to them to be crucified.