Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd.
References for Matthew 27:15
At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas.
References for Matthew 27:16
So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?”
References for Matthew 27:17
For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.
While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
References for Matthew 27:19
But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
References for Matthew 27:20
“Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor. “Barabbas,” they answered.
“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!”
References for Matthew 27:22
“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”