“Again Pilate went out and said to the Jewish leaders, “Look, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may know that I find no reason for an accusation against him.” So Jesus came outside, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Look, here is the man!””, John 19:4-5 NET
• So this is what Pilate did to those he found no accusation against: Jesus came out mutilated from the flogging and subsequent beatings, and wearing a thorn of crowns and a purple robe (being mocked).
• According to the notes of the NET Bible, when Pilate said, “Look, here is the man!”, he was unwittingly fulfilling a messianic prophecy:
“Then take some silver and gold to make a crown and set it on the head of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Then say to him, ‘The LORD who rules over all says, “Look – here is the man whose name is Branch, who will sprout up from his place and build the temple of the LORD.”, Zechariah 6:11-12 NET
• Here is the quote from the NET Bible notes:
“14sn Look, here is the man! Pilate may have meant no more than something like “Here is the accused!” or in a contemptuous way, “Here is your king!” Others have taken Pilate’s statement as intended to evoke pity from Jesus’ accusers: “Look at this poor fellow!” (Jesus would certainly not have looked very impressive after the scourging). For the author, however, Pilate’s words constituted an unconscious allusion to Zech 6:12, “Look, here is the man whose name is the Branch.” In this case Pilate (unknowingly and ironically) presented Jesus to the nation under a messianic title.”
• Unrelated to that, the verse that popped at me from Zec 6, is: “‘The LORD who rules over all says” God rules over all! All people. All the physical laws of the universe. All situations.