A little background--We learned at the end of chapter 22 that the high priests and Elders asked Jesus if he was the Son of God, to which Jesus replied, "You say that I am." Because of this statement, they determined that there was no more evidence of blasphemy they needed to bring him before Pilate to have him Killed. So when Pilate asks Jesus in Chapter 23 if he is “King of the Jews” Jesus says, "You have said so." Jesus uses other peoples' words to show himself to them. Pilate doesn't want to deal with it, and take the blame for innocent bloodshed, so he sends him to Herod--the local king of the Galilee region.
If we pay close attention, we see that throughout this chapter Jesus turns everything upside-down; those in high position are made low, and Jesus lifts up those who are lowly. It is interesting that way back in Luke 9:7-9 Herod “had heard about all (Jesus’) miracles” & had been wondering who this “Jesus” was and “was trying to see him”… but couldn’t. The King of the region, could not get an appointment with Jesus, but hungry crowds and “nobodies” could. Clearly, Herod did not want to see him for salvation, but because he wanted “a show". Then when Jesus didn't give him a show, he made his own show out of him by ridiculing him & dressing him up (v. 11) and sending him back to Pilate. Interestingly, through this act of humiliation, Pilate & Herod became friends. In verses12-25, even in his trial & death, Jesus makes the lowly more powerful than the governor and the King of the land. Both Pilate & Herod are pressured into making decisions they don't want to make. In the end, they are powerless. The whole chapter is filled with irony: governors and kings are lead by their subjects,a convicted insurrectionist and murderer is let go free (vs.18-21), a strong carpenter is too weak to carry his own wood (v.26),and what is meant to be a joke and a banner of ridicule--"King of the Jews" over Jesus’ head, is fully true! The final Irony—The King of Kings and Lord of Lord--the very Savior of the World is rejected by the VERY ones He came to Save!!
No wonder we are suffering in this life...we are becoming more like Jesus in the fellowship of His suffering. We can take heart, and know we are in good company as Jesus has said, “If the world hates you,keep in mind that it hated me first. The apostle Paul states, “For when I am weak, then I am strong in 1 Corinthian 12:10. And in Romans 5:3-4 Paul tells us we should “glory in our sufferings,because we know that suffering produces perseverance;perseverance, character; and character, hope. That hope is what I need to lean on when I am feeling beaten, or sad, or tired…the Hope that does not disappoint.
God thank you for this study even though I had NO time for it. Thank you for how you encouraged--are encouraging me today in it. It seems so weird that just knowing how you suffered encourages me. I feel like a weight is beginning to lift. I feel hope this morning because I spent time with you. Thank you God, my Savior. I love you.
Posted on Mon, February 2, 2015
by Karen Asselin