The soldiers brought Jesus before the city leaders, who knew that Jesus was innocent. However, the high priests had hired men to lie about Jesus to the people.
The rulers asked Jesus if he was the Messiah and Jesus said yes. They were so angry with his answer that they demanded Jesus be killed. They dragged him before Pilate, the Roman governor.
Meanwhile, Peter was outside talking with some people who accused him of being a disciple of Jesus. They asked him three times and every time Peter denied knowing Jesus. The last time he denied it, a rooster crowed. When he heard it, Peter cried. Jesus had told him it would be so.
The soldiers brought Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. After questioning Jesus, Pilate decided that Jesus was innocent and that he should be set free. However, the crowd kept yelling, “Crucify Him!” Pilate had Jesus scourged and crowned with thorns. He did not want to kill Jesus.
The people demanded that Jesus be put to death. So Pilate washed his hands, as if to say, “I wash my hands of this. I am not responsible for what will happen next.” He then gave the order for Jesus to be taken out and crucified (Mt 26:57-68, 27: 1-31).