I was listening to a sermon that had to do with the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus. Something that stood out to me was that the Jews brought Jesus to the Roman Governor Pilate, in order to have Jesus exectuted because apparently they did not have the right to do it themselves. John 18:28-32 28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. 29 Therefore Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?” 30 They answered and said to him, “If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you.” 31 So Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death,” 32 to fulfill the word of Jesus which He spoke, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die. - NASB It seems rather they didn't WANT to do the dirty work themselves, since they had previously tried to stone Jesus several times when He claimed to be God. John 8:58-59 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” 59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple. - NASB John 10:30-32 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” And of course we also know the story of how they killed Stephen by stoning him as well in Acts 7. So why did they not choose to kill Jesus this time around? They were sure kick to pick up rocks on previous times.