A little flash of insight--simple in its own way but incredibly profound and provocative--via Richard Rohr, who rode home with me from my Mandarin class this morning on bus #58.
(I'm paraphrasing, reworking, and adding my own two cents.)
Who killed Jesus?
The Romans? No.
The Jews? No.
The Chief Priest and Pilate killed Jesus. (And it seems to me that of the two, Pilate was the less enthusiastic about it.)
Not the prostitutes. Not the drunkards. Not the poor.
The personification of religious power and the personification of political power killed Jesus.
Therefore, for followers of Jesus, the injunction to always question power is Biblical.