Ecce Homo

Pontius Pilate could not find Jesus guilty of any crime and planned to release Him, but the chief priests and teachers of the law demanded His crucifixion: “And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, ‘I find in Him no fault at all.’ … Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, ‘Behold, I bring Him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in Him.’ Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, ‘Behold the man!’ When the chief priests therefore and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, ‘Crucify Him, crucify Him’” (John 18:38; 19:1–5).

The Ecce Homo Arch stretches across the Via Delarosa, along which Christ passed on the way to Calvary. The arch was erected in 135, during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian (117–138), to mark the place where Pontius Pilate pointed Christ out to the people with the words “Ecce homo!” (Behold the Man!).

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