Who was Pilate?

When Jesus was arrested, he was sent to Pontius Pilate. Pilate was the Roman governor at the time and famously handled Jesus’ trial. He listened to the charges against him, and asked Jesus questions to try and see if he was a guilty man.

Those who arrested him didn’t like that Jesus was claiming to be God or ‘King of the Jews’. So Pilate asked him, “Are you king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “You have said it.”

What did Pilate decide?

Pilate couldn’t see that Jesus had done anything wrong. He hadn’t broken any laws or hurt anybody. All he had done was love people and upset some people by saying he was God. He said, “I find him innocent. He doesn’t deserve to die.”

But Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he let them decide Jesus’ fate (thinking they would just let him go!) But they didn’t. They called out for Jesus to be killed. He was afraid of going against the crowd, so he washed his hands in front of the crowd and said “He’s your responsibility now!”

Then he handed Jesus over to be killed – even though he found him innocent.

(You can read the whole Easter story in the Bible here.)

Easter Egg Trail Map

Well done for finding this egg! Have you found the others? (There are 9 in total.) Here is the map! To help you out, the roads are Brooksby Rd, Overdown RdCotswold Way (x2), Fairford Rd, Fulbrook Cres, Norcot Rd, Skilton Rd, Ullswater Drive. But we won’t tell you the house numbers… that would be too easy!