While court was still in session, Pilate's wife sent him a message: "Don't get mixed up in judging this noble man. I've just been through a long and troubled night because of a dream about him."
Meanwhile, the high priests and religious leaders had talked the crowd into asking for the pardon of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus.
They said, "Barabbas!"
"Then what do I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?"
They all shouted, "Nail him to a cross!"
He objected, "But for what crime?"
But they yelled all the louder, "Nail him to a cross!"
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was imminent, he took a basin of water and washed his hands in full sight of the crowd, saying, "I'm washing my hands of responsibility for this man's death. From now on, it's in your hands. You're judge and jury."
The crowd answered, "We'll take the blame, we and our children after us."
Matthew 27:15-25 (MSG)