Pilate and Herod

What to do with the man claiming to be the King of the Jews? Pilate first tries to push this decision onto Herod, who had legal jurisdiction over Galilee. Herod gladly received Jesus because he had heard that Jesus could perform miracles and wished to see one.  Of course, Jesus did not come to impress people. He was on Earth at a specific time, for a very specific and important purpose.  Jesus did not respond to any of Herod’s questions and was mocked and dressed in a gorgeous robe. Herod sends Jesus back to Pilate.

What I did not realize until today, is that Pilate and Herod, who had previously despised each other, became friends with each other on that day. They could not find fault enough with Christ to justify sentencing Him to death. But, the people, the rulers and the chief priests had rejected Jesus to death, in so much as to ask for the release of Barabbas, a murderer, in His place.

Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him;[c] and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. I will therefore chastise Him and release Him” (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).

And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder. Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” (Luke 23:13-21 NKJV)

All of this had been foretold.  There is no one more detailed or more perfect than God.  Jesus was to be rejected by His people. He was to become the living, perfect sacrifice on the crucifix made of tree. He was the offering that paid the price of our sins. The fact that all of this was taking place demonstrates how much we needed God because of our “human” condition.