Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. Mark 15:15 NIV
Why did Pilate want to satisfy the crowd? He certainly had no obligation to do so. This crowd was at a point near rioting. It would not have faired well for Pilate with the Roman authorities if He let the crowd get out of hand. That could have led to the possible killing of some soldiers during a riot. Yes, in doing what he did, Pilate was watching out for his own well-being. Before we condemn Pilate for doing as he did, we need look no further than the disciples of Christ, who had fled when He was arrested in the garden. Self-preservation is an inborn trait. Also keep in mind, again, that all which took place was all part of the plan of our salvation. Nothing of what occurred here was justifiable, but we did not deserve the salvation which has been provided to us through our Lord’s suffering. Just be thankful that our Lord freely gave His life on our behalf.