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91. Pilate and Herod Question Jesus.

After the Jewish leaders condemned him, Jesus was taken to the Roman governor; thus the religious authorities turned him over to the secular power because its laws involved capital punishment. When Pilate asked the charge, they began by assuming his guilt and then accused him of revolting against Roman authority and law. Specifically they said that Jesus told people not to pay tax to Rome. Pilate wanted to leave the case in the hands of the Jews, but they insisted he ought to be executed by Roman punishment.

Pilate questioned Jesus to see if he really claimed to be king of the Jews. Jesus confirmed that he was king but in a spiritual rather than a worldly sense; his followers did not fight for him. Jesus came into the world to reveal the truth to all who will listen. Pilate, not waiting for an answer to his question about truth, apparently was skeptical whether the truth could be known at all. Nevertheless he stated to the people that he found nothing wrong in the claims of Jesus. Then the high priests began to charge many things against him so that Pilate would fear him as a revolutionary leader who had great influence over the people. As Jesus did not respond to these accusations, Pilate did not know what to think.

When Pilate discovered that Jesus was from Galilee, he eagerly sent him to Herod, the Jewish secular ruler of that region; Pilate was only too glad to get rid of the problem. Herod, who had been stimulated by John's conversations when he held him in prison, was interested in meeting Jesus and seeing his abilities. However, as much as he spoke to him, Jesus remained silent. Frustrated, Herod had his soldiers insult and make fun of Jesus, and then he sent him back to Pilate, grateful at least that Pilate had sent Jesus to him.

Harmony 91 * Synthesis 91
92. Pilate Punishes Jesus Harmony 92 * Synthesis 92 * Interpretation 92