Crucify him! (Jn 19:6-19:6)

“When the chief priests

And the Temple officers

Saw Jesus,

They shouted out.

‘Crucify him!

Crucify him!’

Pilate said to them.

‘Take him yourselves!

Crucify him!

I find no criminal case

Against him.’”

ὅτε οὖν εἶδον αὐτὸν οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ οἱ ὑπηρέται, ἐκραύγασαν λέγοντες Σταύρωσον σταύρωσον. λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ Πειλᾶτος Λάβετε αὐτὸν ὑμεῖς καὶ σταυρώσατε· ἐγὼ γὰρ οὐχ εὑρίσκω ἐν αὐτῷ αἰτίαν.

John indicated that when the chief priests (οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς) and the Temple officers (καὶ οἱ ὑπηρέται) saw Jesus (ὅτε οὖν εἶδον αὐτὸν), they shouted out saying (ἐκραύγασαν λέγοντες), “Crucify him (Σταύρωσον)!  Crucify him (σταύρωσον)!”  Pilate (ὁ Πειλᾶτος) said to them (λέγει αὐτοῖς) to take him themselves (Λάβετε αὐτὸν ὑμεῖς)!  Let them crucify him (καὶ σταυρώσατε) if they want to!  He could not find any criminal case against him (ἐγὼ γὰρ οὐχ εὑρίσκω ἐν αὐτῷ αἰτίαν).  This cry for the crucifixion of Jesus can be found in all the other synoptic gospels also.  Mark, chapter 15:14,said that Pilate tried to reason with the crowd.  He asked them (ὁ δὲ Πειλᾶτος ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς) what evil or bad thing had Jesus done (Τί γὰρ ἐποίησεν κακόν)?  But they shouted all the more loudly (οἱ δὲ περισσῶς ἔκραξαν) that he was to be crucified (Σταύρωσον αὐτόν).  Matthew, chapter 27:23, said that the governor again asked the crowd (ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ ἡγεμὼν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς) which of the two men did they want him to release (Τίνα θέλετε ἀπὸ τῶν δύο ἀπολύσω ὑμῖν).  The crowd responded ‘Barabbas’ (οἱ δὲ εἶπαν Τὸν Βαραββᾶν).  Pilate then asked them (λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ Πειλᾶτος) what should he do with Jesus (Τί οὖν ποιήσω Ἰησοῦν), the one called the Christ (τὸν λεγόμενον Χριστόν), the Messiah.  All of them responded that he should be crucified (λέγουσιν πάντες Σταυρωθήτω).  Then Pilate asked them what evil or bad thing had he done (ὁ δὲ ἔφη Τί γὰρ κακὸν ἐποίησεν)?  But they shouted all the more loudly (οἱ δὲ περισσῶς ἔκραζον) that he was to be crucified (λέγοντες Σταυρωθήτω).  Luke, chapter 23:21, simply indicated that the crowd kept shouting (οἱ δὲ ἐπεφώνουν λέγοντες), “Crucify! Crucify him (Σταύρου σταύρου αὐτόν)!”  The crowd that loved Jesus on Palm Sunday was willing to crucify him a few days later.  Whether they were worked up by the Jerusalem Jewish religious officials is not clear, but definitely hinted at.  Have you ever been part of an angry mob?

Crucify him! (Mk 15:13-15:13)

“They shouted back again.

‘Crucify him!’”


οἱ δὲ πάλιν ἔκραξαν Σταύρωσον αὐτόν.


Something similar to this response of the crowd can be found in Matthew, chapter 27:22 and in Luke, chapter 23:21.  Mark said that the crowd shouted back or cried out to Pilate (οἱ δὲ πάλιν ἔκραξαν) that he was to crucify Jesus (Σταύρωσον αὐτόν).   Now the blame for the crucifixion shifts to the Jewish crowd or mob.  Are you responsible for the death of Jesus?