During the time of Jesus, Israel was under Roman control. When Rome conquered a territory, they would always send a Roman official to serve as governor of that area. Pontius Pilate was that official. However, Israel was not a prestigious appointment. History tells us that Pilate served there for 11 years, which was much longer than any of the governors before or after him. This means that Pilate wasn’t that great of a governor and couldn’t get promoted to a better post. He provoked the Jews in numerous ways that led to numerous insurrections and a great deal of social unrest. He would steal from the temple treasury to pay for his building projects and even allowed the Romans to worship Caesar in front of the temple. Pilate’s career ended when he was eventually fired and banned from government work by the Roman Emperor Caligula.