Matthew 27:22-25 seems like an assumption (a claim) of legal and moral responsibility for the execution of Jesus. Though they were a necessary enabling act for the worldly execution, since Pilate was agreeable to letting Jesus go, the Jews had no right to take responsibility for it was pre-destined by God. God knew people are doomed to work evil because of original sin. The history of the Jews in the books of the prophets is a great exercise in futility as well as faith. The consequences of the execution could have been said to be the destruction of Jerusalem with a million deaths that followed in an apocalypse, yet also the Lord’s victory over death and actualization of the other prophecies. The Lord was the greatest prophet of the Bible as well as the Son of God. God can sort out the issues of free will and responsibility better than mankind. The end of the old covenant and transition to the new was costly. Redemption of those of faith in the Lord from the criterion of original sin through his atoning sacrifice is the greatest, or most meaningful event in history concerning human destiny.
22-Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”
They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
23-Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?”
But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
24-When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.”
25-And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”