HOST: Ron House
When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.
Jesus was a problem for Pilate. On the one hand, Pilate saw no wrongdoing in Him and knew that He ought to be released. On the other hand, there was an angry and determined group of people who would have it no other way but to see this Man killed. When Pilate heard that Jesus was from Galilee, he wasted no time in sending Him to Herod, the ruler of that province who happened to be in Jerusalem at the time. Let Jesus be his problem. Then there was Herod, who had no interest in fairness or justice, but who was very interested in seeing Jesus out of curiosity. He desired to see one of the miracles that he had heard so much about, but Jesus gave him not so much as a reply to satisfy his curiosity. What strikes me most about this scene is the complete lack of integrity and justice displayed by both of these government officials. Being commissioned to rule over the people and uphold the law of the land, both of them are completely unwilling to do what is right and just. Though Jesus’ death was ultimately by the will of God, it was made possible by the cowardly acts of men like Pilate and Herod.
How did these men fit into God’s plan?
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