Urantia Book 109. The life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua bin Joseph, Yeshua, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. When they brought Jesus before Herod, the tetrarch was startled by his stately appearance and the calm composure of his countenance. For some 15 minutes Herod asked Jesus questions, but the Master would not answer. Herod taunted and dared him to perform a miracle, but Jesus would not reply to his many inquiries or respond to his taunts. Herod, after making fun of him for a time, arrayed him in an old royal purple robe and sent him back to Pilate. Herod knew he had no jurisdiction over Jesus in Judea. Though he was glad to believe that he was finally to be rid of Jesus in Galilee, he was thankful that it was Pilate who had the responsibility of putting him to death. Herod had never fully recovered from the fear that cursed him as a result of killing John the Baptist. Herod at certain times had feared that Jesus was John risen from the dead. But he now saw that Jesus was a far different sort of person from the fiery prophet who dared to expose and denounce his private life.** Pilate was out on his steps where his judgment seat was put. He said to the chief priests: “I have examined this man and failed to find him guilty of the charges. In fact, I find no fault in him. Then I sent him to Herod, and he must have reach the same conclusion since he has sent him back to us. Certainly, nothing worthy of death has been done by this man. If you still think he needs to be disciplined, I am willing to chastise him before I release him.” At that point a huge crowd of people came up to ask Pilate to release a no-good prisoner named Barabbas. During Passover a Jewish prisoner was released from prison due to some tradition, but I’ve read that this is not true, that there was no such tradition. (The UB doesn’t cover the Anunnaki in its section on the Universe, it suppresses the information). But Pilate thought this would be a way of solving the Jesus problem–just let the crowd have Jesus; weren’t they just yesterday singing his praises? So Pilate gave the crowd the choice between Jesus or Barabbas. But the Chief priest and other leaders shouted at the top of their voices “Barabbas, Barabbas!” The crowd, seeing which way the wind was blowing, also started yelling “Barabbas, Barabbas!” The Jewish leaders went through the crowd and told them to shout for release of Barabbas and Jesus’ death. And when Pilate, trying to make a decision, received a note from his wife, he stood aside to read it. It said: “I pray you have nothing to do with this innocent and just man whom they call Jesus. I have suffered many things in a dream this night because of him.” So they all shouted with one accord: “Crucify him, Crucify him!” The unanimity of this demand from the mixed multitude startled and alarmed Pilate, the unfair and fear-ridden judge. He said: “Why would you crucify this man? What evil has he done? Who will come forth to testify against him?” But when they heard Pilate speak in defense of Jesus, they cried all the louder: “Crucify him, crucify him!” Once more Pilate asked which prisoner they wanted him to release, Jesus or Barabbas. They shouted: “Barabbas, Barabbas!” Then Pilate asked: ” But what will I do with Jesus?” Once more the multitude shouted: “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate was terrorized by the insistent clamor of the mob, acting under the direct leadership of the chief priests and the counselors of the Sanhedrin; nevertheless, he decided to try one more attempt to appease the crowd and save Jesus (185.4-5.1-13).

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