But they cried out, Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
Then delivered he Him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led Him away.
Pilate had offered the people one more chance. “Look at Him! He has suffered enough!”
But the people kept up a continuous cry: “Take Him away! Crucify! Crucify!”
They even went so far as to claim they had no King but Caesar, renouncing their treasured Messianic hope and repudiating their sacred allegiance to their nation. That’s how a mob acts. They are not reasonable, rational, or willing to hear anything but their own voices.
Pilate was defeated. He was sitting on the judgment seat, but really the judgment was his own admission of his own fears. He knew Jesus was not guilty of anything, yet he caved in to the threats of the people.
In my imagination, at this point he angrily waved his hand, gesturing to the soldiers to take Jesus away and crucify Him. Matthew 27:24 tells us: “When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just Person: see ye to it.” It could have been at this point that Pilate symbolically washed his hands, thereby releasing himself from the burden of the death of a wrongly condemned Man.
It is from this act of Pilate’s that we get our saying, “I’m washing my hands of this whole situation. I want nothing to do with it.”
So they, the soldiers, took Jesus away. His final hours had begun.