Luke 23:6–16 (ESV)
Jesus Before Herod
When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had
long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9 So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with
his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.
13 Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did
not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16 I will therefore punish and release him.”
Pilate and Herod ruled Jesus innocent, but they do not believe in him. The people are bent on mistreating Jesus . They mock him, but they find nothing wrong. If anything good came out of this meeting, it is that Herod and Pilate became
friends. Herod says “I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. So he sends him back. I pray: O Lord, Jesus keeps being vindicated by those who had authority to judge, but those against Jesus just will
not give up. Help me to be not be overshadowed by evil, but to walk according to your ways and to proclaim your grace and love. Amen.