Jesus’ Trials (2)

Our Bible Reading today tells us about Jesus’ trials before Pilate. Pilate was the Roman governor of the province of Judea. He had come to Jerusalem to take care of any problems that might happen during the Passover celebration. Pilate hated the Jews. But he knew that if he didn’t do what the Jews wanted, they could cause trouble for him. So Pilate sent Jesus to Herod, the governor of Galilee.
We learn about Jesus’ trial before Herod from Luke 23:6-12. Herod knew about Jesus’ teaching and disciples. He wanted Jesus to entertain him by doing a miracle. Herod knew that many people from Galilee followed Jesus. He didn’t want to offend the people in his province, so he sent Jesus back to Pilate.
Pilate didn’t want to kill Jesus. Pilate thought that the Jews would ask him to release Jesus. But the Jewish leaders hated Jesus. They wanted Jesus to die. Finally Pilate gave in and said that Jesus must die on a cross.
Both Pilate and Herod were afraid to do what was right. Are you willing to do what is right? We should always obey God, no matter what other people think.