Sunday 7 October, 2012

Luke 23:1-12

23 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.” 3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” 5 But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.” 6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.

After the whole assembly rose and led Jesus to Pilate, they tried every way (subverting our nation, opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king) to accuse him. But both Pilate and Herod couldn’t find any thing wrong with Jesus.

Proverbs 10:12 says: Hatred stirs up conflict.

Hatred controlled the whole assembly and they just closed their ears and eyes (heart) and wouldn’t listen to anyone.

There is also an interesting thing that happened between Pilate and Herod à They became friends because of Jesus’ case (previously they had been at enmity with each other).

No wonder Jesus said: “If the WORLD hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. (John 15:18)

Holy Spirit, please fill my heart with God’s love and open my eyes to see Your glory. Amen.

Written by Allen Leu

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