The entire assembly of Jewish religious leaders then took Jesus before Pilate, the Roman governor of Israel (207).

They made this false accusation: “This man has been telling our people not to pay taxes to the Roman emperor.  He claims that he’s the Messiah, the new king of Israel!”

Pilate turned to Jesus and asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “It is as you say,” answered Jesus.

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Then Pilate, sensing no threat from Jesus, said to the chief priests & the crowd which had gathered, “I find no reason to condemn this man.” But the chief priests kept pressing the issue, “His teaching provokes people to riot, first in Galilee & now here!”

When Pilate learned that Jesus was from the region of Galilee, he sent him to Herod. Supported by the Roman occupiers, Herod was the ruler of Galilee; he was also in the city of Jerusalem at that time.

Herod had long wanted to meet Jesus because he hoped to see him do some sort of magical miracle.  Herod asked Jesus many questions, but Jesus made no answer.

The chief priests and the teachers of the law made strong accusations against Jesus, but Jesus made no answer.

Finally, Herod & his soldiers made fun of Jesus & mocked him.  They even put a fine purple robe on Jesus before sending him back to Pilate.

So that day Herod & Pilate, who had previously been rivals, became friends.


(207) Luke 23:1-12