What Jesus Did! 'Treachery Behind the Scenes' — Luke 23:5-12

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

They said again and again, "But Jesus is making trouble with the people! He teaches all around Judea. He began in Galilee, and now he is here!" Pilate heard this and asked if Jesus was from Galilee. Pilate learned that Jesus was under Herod's authority. Herod was in Jerusalem at that time, so Pilate sent Jesus to him. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very happy. Herod had heard all about Jesus. So he had wanted to meet Jesus for a long time. Herod wanted to see a miracle. So he hoped that Jesus would do a miracle. Herod asked Jesus many questions, but Jesus said nothing. The leading priests and teachers of the law were standing there. They were shouting things against Jesus. Then Herod and his soldiers laughed at Jesus. They made fun of Jesus by dressing him in clothes like kings wear. Then Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate. In the past, Pilate and Herod had always been enemies. But on that day Herod and Pilate became friends.
— Luke 23:5-12
Illustration of Luke 23:5-12 — "But Jesus is making trouble with the people! He teaches all around Judea. He began in Galilee, and now he is here!"

Key Thought

The trials of Jesus were a mockery. None of them was about justice. The Sanhedrin was not supposed to meet secretly at night. Pilate pronounced Jesus innocent, yet kept the legal proceedings going for political expediency. Herod had no desire to do the right thing; he was determined to do the politically correct thing. This was nothing more than treachery. Jesus was not treated fairly. He did not receive justice. What was done to him was what God decried throughout the Old Testament through the prophets—there was no justice in the courts and those with money and power misused their influence. Sinners and traitors convicted Jesus. He was the innocent lamb led to slaughter. He was the perfect sacrifice for all who are sinners ... even for us and those who put him to death.

Today's Prayer

Father, it breaks my heart to see your Son treated with such treachery. While it angers me, it also helps me bear those times that I am treated unfairly. I know that Jesus is with me in those times and that he more than understands my emotions. Thank you for walking in our unfair and often cruel world as one of us so that we can share eternity with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then the whole group stood up and led Jesus to Pilate. They began to accuse Jesus. They told Pilate, "We caught this man trying to change the thinking of our people. He says we should not pay taxes to Caesar. He calls himself the Christ, a king." Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Yes, that is right." Pilate said to the leading priests and the people, "I find nothing wrong with this man." They said again and again, "But Jesus is making trouble with the people! He teaches all around Judea. He began in Galilee, and now he is here!" Pilate heard this and asked if Jesus was from Galilee. Pilate learned that Jesus was under Herod's authority. Herod was in Jerusalem at that time, so Pilate sent Jesus to him. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very happy. Herod had heard all about Jesus. So he had wanted to meet Jesus for a long time. Herod wanted to see a miracle. So he hoped that Jesus would do a miracle. Herod asked Jesus many questions, but Jesus said nothing. The leading priests and teachers of the law were standing there. They were shouting things against Jesus. Then Herod and his soldiers laughed at Jesus. They made fun of Jesus by dressing him in clothes like kings wear. Then Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate. In the past, Pilate and Herod had always been enemies. But on that day Herod and Pilate became friends.

Luke 23:1-12

Related Scripture Readings

He was hurt and punished. But he never protested. He said nothing—like a sheep being taken to be killed. He was like a lamb that makes no sound when someone cuts off its wool. He never opened his mouth {to defend himself}. Men used force and took him—and they did not judge him fairly. No person can tell about his future family, because he was taken from the land of living people. He was punished to pay for the sins of my people. He died and was buried with the rich. He was buried with evil men. He did nothing wrong—he never spoke lies—but still these things happened to him.

Isaiah 53:7-9

Justice has turned away from us. Fairness stands far away. Truth has fallen in the streets. Goodness is not allowed to enter the city.

Isaiah 59:14

{Prophets} go to the public places and speak against {the bad things that people are doing}. And the people hate {those prophets}. {The prophets} teach good, simple truths. And the people hate those {prophets}. You take unfair taxes from poor people. You take loads of wheat from them. You build fancy houses with cut stone. But you will not live in those houses. You plant beautiful fields of grapes. But you will not drink the wine from them. Why? Because I know about your many sins. You have done some really bad things: You hurt people that do right. You accept money to do wrong. You keep justice from the poor people in court. At that time, wise teachers will be quiet. Why? Because it is a bad time. You say {that God is with you}. So you should do good things, not evil. Then you will live. And the Lord God All-Powerful really will be with you. Hate evil and love goodness. Bring fairness back into the courts. Maybe then the Lord God All-Powerful will be kind to the survivors from Joseph's family.

Amos 5:10-15

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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