And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other (Luke 23:12).
Read Luke 23:12.
Jesus came to be the great Reconciler. In His death He restores the relationship between God and sinner. But His sacrifice also works to bring human enemies together. We see this in the case of Pilate and Herod, whose enmity toward each other ended with Jesus' trials.
Before this time they hated each another. For Herod it was probably nothing personal. He wanted the territory that Pilate ruled, seeking to add that jurisdiction to his own. But an incident Luke relates in 13:1 might have had some bearing on it. The verse references something that took place at an earlier event. "There were some present at that very time who told Him (Jesus) about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices." Some Galileans evidently started an insurrection that Pilate had efficiently put down with force and bloodshed. Since these were Herod's subjects, he could have seen it as a grievous offense.
On Pilate's side, his hatred for Herod may well have stemmed from Herod's plotting and scheming to drive him out and take his jurisdiction. But in Jesus the two rulers find common ground. Herod buries the hatchet with Pilate because Pilate grants his wish to see Jesus. And Pilate is reconciled because Herod did him the honor of returning the case to Pilate's court. It was no small thing for a ruler to entrust the fate of one of his subjects into someone else's hands.
Pilate was probably not happy to see the return of Jesus and His accusers, but at least Herod would no longer be a nuisance and a threat.
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, in Your suffering and death You reunited us with Your Heavenly Father. Unite us to one another through forgiveness, peace and love. Amen.
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