Matthew 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
Pilate knew exactly why the religious people of his day had brought Jesus before him. He knew that they were simply jealous of how the people loved and followed Jesus. They had no real grounds on which to try Jesus.
My thought as I read this was how easily the lost world recognizes our jealousy, our wrong motives. They can see right through us. That has to be shocking to think about! It is for me. They can look us and see if we are genuine or not. They know when we are critical, judgmental, and ugly that often it is to hide something else.
I never thought about how transparent we are even when we try not to be transparent! Wow!