A look at some Bible verses as we are in Lenten season:
"But they shouted louder and louder for Jesus' death,
and their voices prevailed.
So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded."
~ Luke 23:23 & 24 LAB
Bible Commentary: "Pilate did not want to give Jesus the death sentence. He thought the Jewish leaders were simply jealous and wanted to get rid of a rival. When they threatened to report Pilate to Caesar, however, Pilate became frightened. Historic records indicate that Pilate had already been warned by Roman authorities about tensions in this region. The last thing he needed was a riot in Jerusalem at Passover time, when the city was crowded with Jews from all over the Empire. So he turned Jesus over to the mob to do with as they pleased."