August 27th, 2019
Pilate and Herod Were Made Friends
Luke 23:10-12 (KJB) And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. 11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate. 12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
Herod and Pilate are alike in many ways, including each of them personally lacked courage in dealing with Jesus. Neither understood who Jesus is, or could find fault in Him. They both enjoyed mocking Jesus and in allowing the crowds gathered to array Jesus in clothes meant for royalty so that they could poke fun at His claim to be The King of Kings.
These two men stood at opposing camps a time or two, like in dealing with the beheading of John the Baptist, but in dealing with Jesus, they found it mutually acceptable after a time to align together in sharing disparaging insults and mockery and ultimately making friends. They shared a common goal for ending the life of Jesus by hanging on a cross.
Neither of these slippery politicians could find the courage to call for His death for neither really wanted to walk out on that limb. Pilate even tried to wash the blood of Jesus off his hands when faced with the enormous implications of His death. For these two weak men it was easier to align together in bringing about evil than to seek justice and release for a man who had committed no crime and was innocent of the charges leveled against Him.
Looking from beyond the cross we understand that Jesus Christ’s death was vital, an answer to prophecy and prayer in permanently removing the wages of sin and providing an eternal avenue of mercy and grace for whosoever would choose to travel to Heaven propelled by the fuel of His unlimited mercy and grace.
God used the alliance of two weak leaders, together with a crowd of rebels and rousers, and Roman soldiers following commands to bring about a shed blood sacrifice removing the sting of death and ushering in eternal life for every quickened alive soul. Not every friendship is godly, but any alliance can be used of God to bring about good.