Two thoughts this morning. First, we are told that there was a practice of releasing one prisoner at Passover. I wonder if it was always done the same way- giving the crowd two prisoners to choose between. I think this may have just been another effort of Pilate to distance himself from what was about to happen. The other thought relates to what Pilate understood about the people’s motives. Matthew writes, “Pilate knew that they turned Jesus in to him because they were jealous.”. Pilate may have many things, but hoodwinked by the Jewish leaders was not one of them.