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Jesus goes before Pilate who doesn't want to crucify Jesus, he see the religious leaders for who they are. However, Pilate preferred to please the people than to do what was right. What followed is a violent beating and what had to be an incredibly painful death. And why did He do this? For us. Something that is still difficult to comprehend, yet there it is. My favorite part of this passage is when Matthew tells of how the curtain in the temple was torn from the top to the bottom. Allowing access to the Holy place of God! I've heard it said that the flip side to it is God's Spirit no longer lived in one place but it was now out. I'm not sure how I feel about that, I think God always available to His people.