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The Friendship of Herod and Pilate

John Collins10/28/2012

Luke 23 tells the story of the mended friendship between Herod and Pilate as they accused Jesus.

The people brought Jesus before Pilate, telling him that He was misleading the nation and forbidding the people to give their tribute to Caesar because Jesus said that He was Christ, a King.

When Pilate asked Jesus if He was King of the Jews, Jesus answered him, "You have said so."

Pilate found no guilt in Jesus, but the people were insistent.  They said, "He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place."

When Pilate heard that Jesus was a Galilean, he realized that this was Herod's jurisdiction.  He sent Jesus to Herod, who was in Jerusalem at the time.  

Herod was very glad to see Jesus.  He had heard of the miracles done by Jesus, and wanted to see some sign done by Jesus.  Therefore, he questioned Jesus at great length.  But Jesus gave no answer.

The chief priests and scribes were present, and they vehemently accused Him.  Herod and his soldiers treated Jesus with contempt and mockery.  But finally they gave up.

Herod clothed Jesus in splendid clothing of a king, and sent Him back to Pilate.  Though Herod and Pilate had been very hostile towards each other before, from that very day they became friends.  Neither could find fault in Jesus.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Does Christ put us at peace with our enemies?  Do we find peace in His presence, or have we accepted the presence of something else?  When we are accused, do we respond peacefully as Christ did, or do we violently lash out at our accusers?  Are we like Christ, spreading peace?