The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 185: Section 8.
Pilate's Tragic Surrender
Here stood the Son of God incarnate as the Son of Man. He was arrested without
indictment; accused without evidence; adjudged without witnesses; punished without
a verdict; and now was soon to be condemned to die by an unjust judge who confessed
that he could find no fault in him. If Pilate had thought to appeal to their
patriotism by referring to Jesus as the "king of the Jews," he utterly failed.
The Jews were not expecting any such a king. The declaration of the chief priests
and the Sadducees, "We have no king but Caesar," was a shock even to the unthinking
populace, but it was too late now to save Jesus even had the mob dared to espouse
the Master's cause.
Pilate was afraid of a tumult or a riot. He dared not risk having such a disturbance
during Passover time in Jerusalem. He had recently received a reprimand from
Caesar, and he would not risk another. The mob cheered when he ordered the release
of Barabbas. Then he ordered a basin and some water, and there before the multitude
he washed his hands, saying: "I am innocent of the blood of this man. You are
determined that he shall die, but I have found no guilt in him. See you to it.
The soldiers will lead him forth." And then the mob cheered and replied, "His
blood be on us and on our children."