04/11/13 - 2:34pm
Pontius Pilate had to make sure. As the Roman procurator, or governor, that was his job before he rendered judgment.
He heard the accusations brought against the man from Nazareth. Jesus heard the charges against him, yet remained silent, causing Pilate to marvel. He was used to hearing all manner of defenses, excuses, and justification for actions, criminal or not.
The more Pilate heard, the more he was sure of the innocence of Jesus. Three times he stated that he found no fault in him. Yet the crowd cried for his execution.