But Jesus said absolutely nothing to him in reply, so the governor was very surprised.
At every Passover festival the governor would free one prisoner whom the crowd wanted.
At that time there was a well-known prisoner by the name of Barabbas.
So when the people gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which man do you want me to free for you? Do you want me to free Barabbas or Jesus, who is called Christ?"
Pilate knew that they had handed Jesus over to him because they were jealous.
While Pilate was judging the case, his wife sent him a message. It said, "Leave that innocent man alone. I've been very upset today because of a dream I had about him."
But the chief priests and leaders persuaded the crowd to ask for the release of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus.
The governor asked them, "Which of the two do you want me to free for you?" They said, "Barabbas."
Pilate asked them, "Then what should I do with Jesus, who is called Christ?" "He should be crucified!" they all said.
Pilate asked, "Why? What has he done wrong?" But they began to shout loudly, "He should be crucified!"
Pilate saw that he was not getting anywhere. Instead, a riot was breaking out. So Pilate took some water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. He said, "I won't be guilty of killing this man. Do what you want!"