Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no guilt in this man." In this trial, Pilate was a one man judge and jury. He could find no evidence that Jesus was worthy of the death penalty the religious leaders wanted. He wanted no part in this seemingly petty and parochial struggle. This wasn’t an important matter for the Roman state to be concerned with, it was simply a Jewish matter, and Pilate was looking for a way out of directly dealing with it.
But they were urgent, saying, "He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place." They insisted that this was no small thing, that Jesus was indeed a threat to the whole region. Jerusalem was not the only place that Jesus had been causing unrest. He had been spreading His message all over the place. He was a menace that must be stopped.
The message is indeed a menace to those who oppose it. The Truth may be mocked, sentenced, silenced, cast down and killed. But it doesn’t stay dead. It can’t really be killed. The truth about the truth is that the Truth is forever. You can try and pawn that off for now, but you can’t forever. Everyone will have to deal with that eventually, and eternally.