THE POLITICS OF JESUS CRUCIFIXION:
I believe that high level politics was played, which let to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I read from some ancient records which explained that Yeshua Barabbas (Jesus the son of the father) was not just a robber and killer as portrayed in some gospels, but a rebel trying to overthrow the roman authority and free the Jews. He had a guerrilla warfare group who constantly ambushed, attacked and killed roman soldiers and burn their homes. This must have endeared him to his Jewish folks as their redeemer. The Jews believing Yeshua Nazareth (Jesus of Nazareth) - the Christ (Redeemer of mankind) to be the king that would totally redeem them from the Romans tyranny wanted him crowned king, but Jesus escaped and refused to the crowned king, which led to the disappointment of the Jews in him because they thought he was an earthly king, which Jesus Christ personally denied and stated that his kingdom is not of this earth but spiritual and heavenly.
Pilate must have been aware that the people would prefer Barabbas to be released as against Jesus Christ because he fights in their side to dethrone the Roman authority. He did confide in his wife that "I have quelled rebellions in this ranging out-post a number of times and Caesar had promised me that the next time it would be my blood." Even after Jesus Christ asked him if he knew the truth, he asked his wife if she would recognize the truth when she sees it. His wife told him one wouldn't know the truth unless you agree that it be told to you. He answered his wife that the only truth he knew at that moment was the rebellion that was about to happen - it showed that he was more interested in holding on to his office rather than accept the truth. He said if he released Jesus Christ, there would be rebellion, and even if he condemned him, Jesus Christ' followers could still raise a rebellion. I believe he deliberately made the choice to have Jesus Christ crucified because his supporters were fewer in number compared to those of the High Priests'.
I believe that mere washing of hands did not completely exonerate Pilate from being culpable in the murder of Jesus Christ. Was there a real trial? People shouting "crucify him" isn't a real trial. Pilate just ordered him to be crucified without proper trial.
However, it was an earthly destiny which Jesus Christ came to fulfill.