Series Title: Jesus From Seven Sources
Jesus Before Pilate and Herod
Jesus Before Pilate
Matthew 27:2, 11-14; Mark 15:1b-5 (and bound Jesus…);
Luke 23:1-7; John 18:28-38
And then when they had bound Jesus, the whole multitude of them arose, and led him away from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.
Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee. Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.
Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus. And Jesus stood before the governor and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus answering said unto him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me what hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?
And when he had said this, Pilate went out again unto the Jews, and saith to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. And when the chief priests and elders accused him of many things, he answered nothing. And then Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? Hearest thou not? behold how many things they witness against thee. And Jesus yet answered him to never a word; insomuch that Pilate the governor marvelled greatly. And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.
When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean. And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
Jesus Before Herod
And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. 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. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together for before they were at enmity between themselves.