"Behold The Man!"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 162

Context: Jesus is seized as a prisoner by high Jewish officials to be judged by Pilate, who questions Him and finds Him blameless. Pilate reminds the Jews that it is customary to release one prisoner at the Feast of the Passover, hoping that they will demand the release of Jesus. Instead, the Jews demand that the life of the robber Barabbas be spared. Pilate tries to gain the Jews' sympathy by ordering his soldiers to scourge Jesus and dress Him in a purple robe with a crown of plaited thorns on His head. The soldiers salute Jesus, calling Him King of the Jews, and strike Him. Again Pilate presents Jesus to the Jewish leaders:

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Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.
Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!

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