The conspiracy to end the ministry of Jesus finds its fulfillment with His death on the cross. The chief priests, elders, and scribes hand Him over to be executed by Pilate, who is led to believe that Jesus is a political revolutionary. Despite his suspicions that Jesus is innocent of these charges, and in spite of his attempt to allow the crowd to decide Jesus’ fate, Pilate acquiesces. Jesus is beaten and humiliated by the soldiers to the point where He loses the physical strength to carry His cross to the place of execution. As Jesus hangs upon the cross, He experiences continued rejection by the world and bears the full wrath of God. And yet, even as He takes His final breath, it is clear to those who have eyes to see that Jesus is indeed the Son of God.