Luke 23:13-15 - Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him."
Pilate and Herod became friends, Luke 23:12 states. Neither one, it appears, wants to put any blame on Jesus. They saw no wrongdoing in this Man. Yet He was found guilty because the people were a strong force. The people convinced Pilate Jesus was bad news. How the power of the masses can coerce. Just because the masses say something or someone is right, doesn't make it so.
But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed. (Luke 23:23)
How we so need to listen to truth. How we need to know it. The Bible shows us this truth. How we need to stand on this truth, found in God's Word. We need to be okay with being in the minority.
When Jesus died there were two thieves, one on either side of Him. One knew he was guilty of his crime while the other still balked. Jesus pardoned the one. In the thief's last minutes of life he MET and KNEW the Truth. How nice it would be to see others do the same, even today.
2Timothy 3:1,12-14 - But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come... Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them...