This is a good day to consider the ethics of capital punishment.
Why was such a great man put to death?
From the perspective of the Jews, Jesus "blasphemed" by claiming to be God.
From the perspective of the Romans, the government simply "washed its hands" of the religious conflict. But the Roman Empire was continually involved in this religious dispute because Jesus and His followers disrupted Imperial unity and peace.
Acts 17:6-8 (New Living Translation)Allegiance was the issue. "We must obey God rather than man" (Acts 5:29).
Not finding them there, they dragged out Jason and some of the other believers instead and took them before the city council. "Paul and Silas have turned the rest of the world upside down, and now they are here disturbing our city," they shouted. "And Jason has let them into his home. They are all guilty of treason against Caesar, for they profess allegiance to another king, Jesus."
Harvard Law Professor Simon Greenleaf, who wrote America's greatest treatise on the law of evidence in the 19th century, examined the Gospels according to the rules of evidence, and concluded that the resurrection of Christ could be factually established in any court of law. So much for Bill O'Reilly's claim last night that the Gospels "are not history."
A Physician's View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ -- CBN.com Spiritual Life
History speaks of the conflict between the Messiah and the messianic state. To whom have you given your allegiance?