12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a kingp opposes Caesar.”
13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seatq at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaicr is Gabbatha). 14 It was the day of Preparations of the Passover; it was about noon.t
“Here is your king,”u Pilate said to the Jews.
“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.
“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.
16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.v
The Crucifixion of Jesus
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.