James Jacques Tissot (French painter and illustrator, 1836-1902), "Behold the
Man (Ecce Homo)" (1884-1896), Opaque
watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, 29.1 x 17.5 cm, Brooklyn
Museum, New York, NY.
John 19:4-16 (NIV)
"4 Once more Pilate came
out and said to the Jews, 'Look, I am bringing him out to you to
let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.'
5 When Jesus came out
wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to
them, 'Here is the man!'
6 As soon as the
chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted,
But Pilate answered, 'You take him and crucify him. As for
me, I find no basis for a charge against him.'
7 The Jews insisted, 'We have
a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed
to be the Son of God.'
8 When Pilate heard
this, he was even more afraid, 9
and he went back inside the palace. 'Where do you
come from?' he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer.
10 'Do you refuse to speak to
me?' Pilate said. 'Don't you realize I have power either to free
you or to crucify you?'
11 Jesus answered,
'You would have no power over me if it were not given to you
from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is
guilty of a greater sin.'
12 From then on,
Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, 'If
you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who
claims to be a king opposes Caesar.'
13 When Pilate heard
this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge's seat at a
place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is
Gabbatha). 14 It was the
day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour. 'Here
is your king,' Pilate said to the Jews.
15 But they shouted,
'Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!'
'Shall I crucify your king?' Pilate asked.
'We have no king but Caesar,' the chief priests answered.
16 Finally Pilate
handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took
charge of Jesus.