23 Then the whole group got up and led Jesus off to Pilate. 2 They began to bring charges against Jesus. They said, “We have found this man misleading our people. He is against paying taxes to Caesar. And he 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 spoke to the chief priests and the crowd. He announced, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” 5 But they kept it up. They said, “His teaching stirs up the people all over Judea. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.” 6 When Pilate heard this, he asked if the man was from Galilee. 7 He learned that Jesus was from Herod’s area of authority. So Pilate sent Jesus to Herod. At that time Herod was also in Jerusalem. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very pleased. He had been wanting to see Jesus for a long time. He had heard much about him. He hoped to see Jesus perform a sign of some kind. 9 Herod asked him many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there. With loud shouts they brought charges against him. 11 Herod and his soldiers laughed at him and made fun of him. They dressed him in a beautiful robe. Then they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends. Before this time 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