Jesus was Declared Innocent Before Pilate And King Herod
After the Pharisees and Chief Priests declare Jesus guilty of blasphemy because He said He was Son of God. Than the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! He is worthy of death,” they answered, however, they could not put him to death. The Jewish method executing the party guilty party is stoning. Only the Romans had authority to execute criminals; however, they could not use blasphemy. The Roman method execution is crucifixion.
So the chief priests and the Pharisees brought Jesus to Pilate who was the Government of Judah then. Pilate said, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” They responded, “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” So Pilate told them, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him according to your law.”“ But, we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. This took place to fulfill what Jesus predicted what type of death he would die. As “Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.”
The Pharisees later change the charge to that Jesus claims to be Messiah, a king.”, is punishment by crucifixion by Roman Law. Then Pilate asked for Jesus,“ Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. Jesus also said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But, now my kingdom is from another place.”
Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting, the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him. Remember Pilate heard reports, and written report on Jesus, and saw that it was quite clear that He wasn’t leading a military revolution. There was simply no evidence support the Jewish leaders charges.
The Chief Priests and Pharisees, eventually admitted the real reason why they wanted Jesus dead, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”