Stone, with inscription, found at Caesarea which mentions Pilate. The English translation (from the Latin) states: "This building Tiberium By Pontius Pilatus Prefect of Judea Has been Built." Photo by Marion Doss, online courtesy Wikimedia Commons. PHOTO LICENSE: CC BY-SA 2.0
Going across the city to the Jerusalem residence of Pontius Pilate, which would have been either the Antonia Fortress (near the Temple, on the east side) or the Herodian Fortress and Palace (near the Jaffa Gate, on the west side), the assembly presented Jesus for the next round of interrogation.
The religious leaders charged him with, among other things, subverting their nation and claiming to be Christ, a King.
Pilate asked Jesus whether he was king of the Jews. Jesus answered:
Yes, it is as you say.
Bewildered why the Jews were charging Jesus, Pilate told them he could find no fault in the man.
So what if he claimed to be a king? Who had he harmed?
Pressing the issue further, the crowd would not accept Pilate's position.
Learning Jesus was from Galilee, Pilate decided to send him to Herod Antipas, who was also in Jerusalem for the Passover.