It was a barbed question, asked by Pilate. He knew the Jews rankled at the very idea that Jesus was the Christ. They would rather that the Roman clemency yield for them the release of a known rabble rouser and murderer than that Jesus of Nazareth be permitted to go free. The Sanhedrin had failed to find genuine guilt in Jesus and Pilate could find no fault in him either. What cauldron of bitterness boiled up such a steam of hostility? Why did goodness provoke such hatred? Well might we ask. Whose side would we have been on that day?
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