As a Roman governor, Pilate had pledged to uphold the law. As a politician, he knew he must keep the people reasonably happy to avoid a riot. Pilate found no fault with Jesus, but could not find a way to get the people to listen to reason (Mat 27:11-26).
The religious leaders knew how to make Pilate fearful by suggesting that, if he let Jesus go, then he was not a friend of Caesar’s. Pilate yielded to the pressure.
Think about times when you have been under pressure to do the wrong thing. How did you react? What can you do in the future to yield to Christ rather than yielding to the world?