This was not the ending, it was just the beginning. Jesus’ death produced new life for all mankind!
Luke 23:6-7, “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.”
Herod was his life long enemy up until this event. Herod’s the one who beheaded John the Baptist. He’s the one who dealt with vicious cruelty over his subjects. Now, Herod has looked upon Jesus as a magician, and he has been anxious to see Jesus do a trick.
Luke 23:8, “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.”
By the way, you do not see where Jesus responds to Herod in any way. It was no proceeding at all. All Herod wanted was a game, he wanted a jester for his court, he wanted a clown. When Jesus wouldn’t cooperate, we read that they mocked him as a king.
Luke 23:10-11, “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.”
Now back at the Palace, Pilate was probably eating breakfast and thinking, “Whew! That’s over.” And he looks out his window, and there came Jesus back, bound and robed as a king. It was obvious to Pilate that Herod was not in any cooperative mood. The whole event brought Herod and Pilate together as friends.
Luke 23:12, “And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.”
Pilate did not want to declare him guilty, so he tried several avenues to get out of that verdict. The first thing he offered was to chastise and beat Jesus, then release him, but hey said no. The second thing he tried to do was release Jesus through a custom they had. It was a custom to release a prisoner on the Passover.
Matthew 27:15, “Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.”
Barabbas was a notorious criminal, he was a murderer, he was an insurrectionist, he was guilty of sedition, and he was bound in prison awaiting death by crucifixion. It was a capital crime he had committed. He was the one guilty of treason. So, Pilate thought that if he were to put Barabbas next to Jesus, and offered to release one of them, the crows would say, “Don’t release Barabbas! Release Jesus!” But it backfired upon him. They said they wanted Jesus crucified (Matthew 27:19-23)!
So, then they gathered a whole band of soldiers, stripped him and put on a scarlet robe, placed a crown of thorns on his head, and a reed in his right hand, mocked him by bowing down and saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”, and they struck him on the head, spit upon him, and led him away to be crucified. (Matthew 27:26-31).
And the rest is history. His Story. The story that changed the course of this world forever. The story of a man, a king, our creator God in the flesh, suspending time, changing it from B.C. to A.D. The story that was foretold generations before Jesus came and is still being told for generations to come.
Jesus is the reason for every season, without him we would not be. Although our Lord was illegally convicted and murdered, he chose to suffer and die for mankind because he saw a brighter day coming. The Bible says in conclusion:
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy (you and I giving our lives to him) that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Looking through the telescope of time, he saw you and I, and with that he pronounced, IT IS FINISHED!