Luke 23:4-12

A leadership study of Pilate would be fascinating to me.  Though his conscience tells him Jesus is guilty of no crime, he clearly does not know how to reject the Jewish religious leaders.  

So he passes the buck and sends Jesus to Herod.  Hopefully he can make the decision for Pilate.

Herod is thrilled with the chance to see Jesus (Luke 23:8).  He treats Him like an entertainer, one who would perform miracles to please an audience.  And Herod is sorely disappointed when Jesus doesn’t act the way he wants him to, when Jesus doesn’t do as he says.

It’s almost too convicting to write.

So Herod and his soldiers join the barrage of verbal abuses being hurled at Jesus by the chief priests and teachers of the law.  The chorus of individuals dissatisfied with Jesus’ actions and words has grown louder and louder.  

And the Word of God gives no answer.

Their accusations fall upon innocent shoulders, and He does nothing to defend Himself.  

Herod and his solders stand in cooperation with the religious authorities, ridiculing and mocking the Author of their salvation (Luke 24:11).

And because Herod’s fascination with Jesus has turned to distaste, he becomes friends with his former enemy (Luke 23:12).

Shame and humiliation.  Mocking and accusing.  An elegant robe.  

Many were disappointed with Jesus.  Many felt threatened by Him.  Many found it easier to go along with the crowd.

His suffering was sport to them.  

It is salvation to us.

Lord, even when everyone around you joined in unison to accuse you, there was a louder heavenly chorus singing, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Rev. 5:11-12)  The accusations of men and women do not diminish your power and authority.  May we never reject your lordship because you do not meet our worldly expectations.  You far surpass them, though your ways are not like ours.  The accusations due us fell upon you, and it is by your wounds we have been healed.  Our accuser has been bound, and we have been set free (Rev. 12:10).  We bow before you, the slain Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).  May you receive all the praise due your holy name.

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