Mark 15: 9 “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, 10 knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 11 But 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!” 15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
There are times that I have hear people say that they have compassion for Pilate because he “tried” to have Jesus released as not being guilty of any crime.
I offer a personal thought — what do you think of someone who knows the absolutely right thing to do and has the authority to do so … but then does otherwise? Reflect a bit – this is Pilate. And the circumstance can also be us …how often do we know the right way to serve the Lord and, yet do not?