Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. – Matthew 27:11-14 (NLT)
The Jewish leaders needed the Roman governor to sign the order to put Jesus to death. The case against Jesus was blasphemy, which was not punishable by death according to Roman law. Therefore, the Jewish leaders used charges of treason to bring before the Pilate, the governor. They were basically saying, “If you do not use the death penalty for Jesus, you are denying Caesar is king of Jerusalem.” Jesus’ answer for the third time is “You tell me.” And then Jesus stopped talking. You can easily see here how many times Jesus could have gotten out of his crucifixion. But he was always obedient to God’s plan.
How obedient are you? When God says love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:19, Mark 12:31, etc.), what percentage of the time do you obey? It may very well cost you to obey this command but is the price higher than what Jesus paid for his obedience?