What do we make of Pontius Pilate? As the Roman governor of Judea, he was not a soft touch. He put down uprisings with deadly violence before Jesus and after Jesus. He is a firmly pagan, devoted to the worship of the Roman Emperor. However, I believe we see in the gospel accounts a man affected by Jesus, maybe in spite of himself.
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”