By Arla, Mar 5 2021 02:00AM
Pilate grasps the opportunity to heal an old quarrel by sending Jesus to Herod. Pilate has no intention of condemning him.
Herod is happy to meet Jesus, whom he's heard much about. His sensitivity and guilt have greatly dulled in the past two years since killing John, but he still hopes to clear his mind and conscience by saving this prophet. He is sure Jesus will do whatever is necessary to save himself. He has no idea...
The priests and elders accompany him, and all begin talking loudly.
Herod silences them and demands Jesus' hands be released, rebuking their harsh treatment. Looking at him, he knows the priests have brought him from envy. He begins to question Jesus, but Jesus doesn't respond. So Herod commands the sick and crippled to be brought in. He promises Jesus freedom for doing a miracle.
The leaders are in a panic. They've seen his miracles. Their plans are dissolving before their eyes!
Jesus gives no indication he has heard Herod. He can't do anything to save himself. He must go through this as any man would have to. And Herod had the best of prophets give him evidence--more won't make any difference.
Finally Herod gets it; Jesus isn't going to perform. Furious over what he perceives as insult, he labels him an imposter, even though impressed that he's God-like; and again, soldiers restrain crazed people. Herod has a gorgeous robe put on Jesus, and mocks him; people and soldiers joining in with horrible abuse. And then he's sent back to Pilate.