Luke 23: 1-7

1 Then the whole body of them got up and brought Him before Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.” 3So Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And He answered him and said, “ It is as you say.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “ I find no guilt in this man.” 5 But they kept on insisting, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching all over Judea, starting from Galilee even as far as this place.”

6 When Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was in Jerusalem at that time.

Observation – What does it say?

  • The people that comprised crowd that went with Jesus to Pilate were the people who were at Jesus’ trial.
  • They accused Jesus of forbidding the paying of taxes to Caesar
  • They accused Jesus of calling himself a king
  • The “they” that accused Jesus was the crowd and therefore those who were at his trial.
  • Pilate asks Jesus if he is the king of the Jews
  • Jesus tells Pilate he is the king of the Jews
  • Pilate tells the chief priests and crowd he could not find fault in Jesus.
  • But chief priests and crowd accused Jesus of stirring up the people.
  • They accused Jesus of stirring up people all over the region.
  • Pilate sent Jesus to Herod because Jesus was from Herod’s jurisdiction
  • Herod was in Jerusalem at this time.

Interpretation – What does it mean?

The chief priests and scribes came to Pilate because they believed Jesus was worthy of death. He had just admitted that he believed himself to be the Son of God. They were forbidden to put a person to death. They needed at done by the Romans. They knew that Pilate was not going to put a man to death for a violation of Jewish religious laws so they needed another charge. They accused Jesus of teaching people not to pay their taxes. And he was assuming the title king. The first charge was an out right fabrication. Earlier Jesus specifically said to pay to Caesar what was owed to Caesar. The second was a stretch. Jesus did indeed present himself a the king of the Jews. But this was not in the sense the chief priests and scribes were presenting it. Pilate saw through it. So they were tried again. He stirs people up not only in Jerusalem but all over the region. They were trying to ratchet it up. Hearing Jesus was from Galilee was music to Pilate’s ears. He could send him to Herod, the rule of that region, and rid himself of this nuisance. So that is what he did.

Application – How does it work?

The chief priests and scribes were suppose to be priests and leaders of the people before a holy God. But they had to lie and stretch the truth in order to get what they wanted. Their behavior was exactly the opposite of what they supposedly stood for. Be careful that you do not justify you actions for the greater good or the big picture. It is how you live in the details of your life that determine your character. It is how you live in the details of your life that effect your relationship with God.

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