And then the cock crowed three times. This denial happened just as Jesus said it would. But Jesus saw the real faithfulness of Peter and forgave him – just as he forgives us.
Finally, Jesus is brought before Pilate, the governor. Pilate does not think that Jesus is guilty of anything. The Jews bully Pilate into action against Jesus.
Once again, Pilate tries to avoid punishing Jesus by offering to release “The King of the Jews” as it is Passover. And the throng shouted, “Not this man, but Barabbas!”