BENSON - Herod wanted to find the infant King of the Jews, in order to kill him. An angel warned Joseph in a dream that he must rise up immediately and take the child and his mother into Egypt. Joseph obeyed.
02-Pilate respects Jesus. Jesus has had the nerve to stand up to the stubborn Jewish leaders. He is the only one Jesus has a real conversation with during his night of illegal trials. Pilate tries to get Jesus out of being executed. He orders him beaten with metal-tipped whips just short of killing him to satisfy the leaders' lust for blood. It is not enough. So he signs the death warrant, but puts up another sign declaring Jesus is the Jews' king. What happens to Pilate?