Luke 23:8-12

8 Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him. 9 And he questioned Him at some length; but He answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there, accusing Him vehemently. 11 And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate. 12 Now Herod and Pilate became friends with one another that very day; for before they had been enemies with each other.

Observation – What does it say?

  • Herod was glad to see Jesus
  • Herod had wanted to see Jesus for a long time
  • Herod had heard about Jesus.
  • Herod wanted to see Jesus perform miracle
  • Herod questioned Jesus for a long time
  • Jesus did not respond to Herod
  • Chief priests and scribes had followed Jesus to Herod’s
  • Chief priests and scribes were standing in the same room
  • Chief priests and scribes were forceful in their accusations
  • Herod treated Jesus with contempt
  • Herod’s soldiers treated Jesus with contempt
  • Herod Mocked Jesus
  • Herod’s soldiers mocked Jesus
  • Herod dress Jesus is a beautiful robe
  • Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate.
  • This incident caused Pilate and Herod to be friends
  • Prior to this incident Pilate and Herod were enemies

Interpretation – What does it mean?

Previously Jesus had been a target of Herod’s. According to Luke 13:31 some Pharisees told Jesus he should leave the area because Herod wanted to kill him. But now Herod was looking for a show. He considered Jesus a magician. And he wanted to see a magic show. But Jesus said nothing. I picture the chief priests and scribes in near panic. They do not seeing this going well for them. Pilate had already told them he could find nothing Jesus did that was wrong. What would happen if Jesus were released. What would happen if he were allowed to go back to the temple and teach. Their position and authority among the people would be gone. They could not let that happen. So I picture them standing there and hurling non-stop accusations. Maybe Jesus did not speak was because he could not. They were doing all the talking. Maybe Jesus did not speak because he did not need to speak. They were his best defense. The real reason Jesus did not speak was because he did not want to speak. He gave himself willingly for you and me. He gave himself willing to die on the cross. Jesus had previously shown himself more than capable of mounting a verbal defense. But this time he said nothing. He gave himself willing.

Application – How does it work?

Jesus sacrificed himself. He submitted himself to the will of the Father. For Jesus things were bad and going to get worse. He knew it. Christ gave himself so you and I could be redeemed. We too are called upon to submit to the will of the Father, believe, repent and be baptized.

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