Pilate said to them,
”Then what am I to do with Jesus,
the so-called Messiah?”
”Crucify him!”, they all cried.
He said, “Why, what crime has he committed?”.
But they only shouted the louder, “Crucify him!”.
At that, he released Barabbas to them.
Jesus, however, he first had scourged;
then he handed him over to be crucified.
The Holy, Just, and True was judged by sinners, and put to death. Yet, while they judged, they were compelled to acquit Him. Judas, who betrayed Him, said, “I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood”. Pilate, who sentenced Him, said, “I am innocent of the blood of this just person”, and threw the guilt upon the Jews. The Centurion who saw Him crucified said, “Indeed this was a just man”.
Thus ever, O Lord, Thou art justified in Thy words, and dost overcome when Thou are judged. And so, much more; at the last day “They shall look on Him whom they pierced”; and He who was condemned in weakness shall judge the world in power, and even those who are condemned will confess their judgement is just.
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