Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
But when King Herod heard [about Jesus], he said, "John, whom I [had] decapitated, has risen."
After a number of days, Felix and Drusilla, his wife, who was a Jewess, came [back to the palace] and sent for Paul to [come and] tell them about [the] faith in Christ Jesus.
So, Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus. He said to Him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"
They began bringing accusations against Him, saying, "We discovered this man misleading the people of our nation and telling them not to pay taxes to Caesar, and claiming that he himself was the Messiah, a king!"
When they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some other brothers before the city officials and shouted, "These men have turned the world upside down [i.e., disrupted society by their preaching] and have [now] come here also [i.e., to do the same thing in our community].
Then Pilate spoke to them again [because] he wanted to release Jesus,
And you are not taking into consideration that it would be profitable to you for one man to die for the people, so that the entire nation would not be destroyed."
They asked Pilate to have Him put to death, even though they could not find any [legitimate] reason to execute Him.