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So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.”
That is what I said, which was not what you said.
To repeat, Pilate said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.”
Pilate "washed his hands" of the sentencing of Jesus to death as it was the religious leaders of the Jews who called for Jesus' death.
Pilate did not wash his hand of the truth.
Pilate could have delivered Jesus, and he knew that they had accused Jesus from spite.
Pilate didn't care at all. He was acting for Rome. In that area he had all the power from Rome to make his decision. If he cared, he had the power from Rome either free Jesus or just executed Jesus himself But Pilate did not care. He clearly though that the Jews were being stupid, but since he didn't care, he let then do what they wanted to; i.e. execute Jesus. Thus Pilate "washed his hands".
it was god's plan, thus Pilate could NOT
free Jesus. He had to deliver Jesus to be murdered. The prophesies had to be fulfilled.
If Pilate had freed Jesus, Jesus would not have died for your sins... the prophesies would not have been fulfilled...you would not have any Christianity.
The story had to play out to its final conclusion so "we" could have salvation.
Ultimately it was part of god's plan... Pilate never really had a choice.
When you read the bible, please do try to pay attention.