Day 15 – Jesus before both Herod & Pilate

Luke 23:9-12

Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. 11 Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. 12 That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.

The last verse stands out to me for it speaks of the unifying power of the presence of our Lord. When long-time enemies collide with the Person of Christ, they are forever changed. The hatred and enmity that stood between, suddenly dissipates and is replaced with a kindred spirit. Victory in Life arises when we come face to face with the One who mends broken relationships. Stubbornness, hardheartedness, bitterness…don’t stand a chance when confronted by the Presence of God. And here’s the thing…these boys did not deserve this grace, but receive it they did. Is it not similar to us? None of us deserved the mercy of God, but mercy, forgiveness and acceptance became ours when we encountered the love of Christ. Our sweet Saviors Journey to the Cross clearly displays to all who will see, to all who dare to journey with Him, the unifying and healing effect of His presence. Draw closer and experience this healing touch.