“A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions.
Pilate was merciful till it became risky.”
– C.S. Lewis
All political administrators are well aware that sooner, or later they will be forced into choosing between supporting the truth of a contentious matter, and a decision serving political expediency. Pilate would judge Jesus innocent, washing his hands of the entire matter before a Jerusalem crowd demanding the release of a convicted murderer, over Jesus of Nazareth guilty of preaching love, and forgiveness.
Pilate understood that Rome did not need another uprising choosing to bow to the demands of the mob, inspired by the self serving interests of The Sanhedrin.
said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence,
I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him;~ Luke 23:14
In this video clip Rod Steiger conveys in some depth the political acumen of Pilate not easily driven by the menacing influence of The Sanhedrin's representative demanding that Pilate rid them of the dangerous troublemaker we know as Jesus of Nazareth.