Verses over Pontius Pilate
Matthew 27 says:
Matthew 27:1 - 66 (NIV)
in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the
decision to put Jesus to death.
bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.
Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king
of the Jews?” “Yes, it is as you say,”
Jesus replied. 12When
he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer.
Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?”
Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the
it was the governor’s custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the
that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas.
when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to
release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?”
he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.
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.”
the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to
have Jesus executed.
21“Which of the two do you want me to
release to you?” asked the governor.
“Barabbas,” they answered.
shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting,
he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this
man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”
he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to
be crucified. 27Then
the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole
company of soldiers around him
evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had
himself become a disciple of Jesus.
to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to
took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big
stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.
Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees
went to Pilate. 63“Sir,”
they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After
three days I will rise again.’
give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise,
his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been
raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.”
they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting
Mark 15:1 - 15 (NIV) 1Very early in the morning, the chief
priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin,
reached a decision. They bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to
Pilate. 2“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “Yes, it is as
you say,” Jesus replied. 3The chief priests accused him of many
things. 4So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See
how many things they are accusing you of.” 5But Jesus still made no
reply, and Pilate was amazed. 6Now it was the custom at the Feast to
release a prisoner whom the people requested. 7A man called Barabbas
was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the
uprising. 8The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he
usually did. 9“Do you want me to release to you the king of the
Jews?” asked Pilate, 10knowing it was out of envy that the chief
priests had handed Jesus over to him. 11But the chief priests
stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead. 12“What
shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked
them. 13“Crucify him!” they shouted. 14“Why? What crime
has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
15Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He
had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
Mark 15:42 - 46 (NIV) 42It was Preparation Day (that is, the
day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43Joseph of
Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the
kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44Pilate
was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he
asked him if Jesus had already died. 45When he learned from the
centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46So Joseph
bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed
it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the
Luke 3:1 - 2 (NIV) 1In the fifteenth year of the reign of
Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of
Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias
tetrarch of Abilene— 2during the high priesthood of Annas and
Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert.
Luke 13:1 (NIV) 1Now there were some present at that time who
told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their
Luke 23:1 - 24 (NIV) 1Then
the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate.
they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation.
He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ,£
a king.” 3So
Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“Yes, it is as you say,”
Jesus replied. 4Then
Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a
charge against this man.”
they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea£
by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”
hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean.
he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who
was also in Jerusalem at that time.
Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been
wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him
perform some miracle.
plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.
chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently
accusing him. 11Then
Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant
robe, they sent him back to Pilate.
day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.
called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people,
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.
15Neither has Herod, for he sent him
back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death.
I will punish him and then release him.£”
one voice they cried out, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!”
had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)
to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again.
they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have
found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him
punished and then release him.”
with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their
shouts prevailed. 24So
Pilate decided to grant their demand.
Luke 23:20 - 25 (NIV) 20Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate
appealed to them again. 21But they kept shouting, “Crucify him!
Crucify him!” 22For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime
has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty.
Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.” 23But with
loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts
prevailed. 24So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25He
released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder,
the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.
John 18:28 - 40 (NIV)
28Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas
to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid
ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able
to eat the Passover.
29So Pilate came out to them and asked,
“What charges are you bringing against this man?”
he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to
said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”
“But we have no right to execute anyone,” the Jews
happened so that the words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death he was
going to die would be fulfilled.
then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the
king of the Jews?” 34“Is
that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or
did others talk to you about me?”
I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “It was your people and your chief priests who handed
you over to me. What is it you have done?”
said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it
were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my
kingdom is from another place.”
are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus
answered, “You are right in saying I am a king.
In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to
testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, “I
find no basis for a charge against him.
it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the
Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”
shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in a
John 19:1 - 22 (NIV) 1Then
Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.
soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed
him in a purple robe
3and went up to him again and again,
saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they struck him in the face.
more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, “Look, I am bringing him out to you
to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.”
Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to
them, “Here is the man!”
soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify!
Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him
and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”
Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he
claimed to be the Son of God.”
Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid,
he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but
Jesus gave him no answer.
you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either
to free you or to crucify you?”
answered, “You would have no power over me if it
were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is
guilty of a greater sin.”
then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, “If you let
this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes
Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a
place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha).
was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour.
“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.
they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”
“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.
“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests
Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.
his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called
they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the
had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE
KING OF THE JEWS. 20Many
of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the
city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek.
chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the
Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”
answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
John 19:31 - 38 (NIV) 31Now it was the day of Preparation, and
the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the
bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the
legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32The soldiers therefore came
and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then
those of the other. 33But when they came to Jesus and found that he
was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34Instead, one of the
soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and
water. 35The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony
is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may
believe. 36These things happened so that the scripture would be
fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,”£
37and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they
38Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now
Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With
Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.