This week’s ongoing Biblical study series on the Social Gospel Blog with Rev. Paul J. Bern will be moving on to part 1 of Luke chapter 23: “Jesus Stands Before His False Accusers”

Minister Paul J Bern
6 min readJan 29, 2022

Jesus Goes Before Pilate and Herod III

(Luke chapter 23, verses 1–12)

Last week when we finished up chapter 22 of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus had just been brought before the Jewish authorities after being arrested in the middle of the night, something law enforcement has always been noted for. This week as we continue with part one of chapter 23, we find Jesus being brought before Pontius Pilate, who in turn sends our soon-to-be-risen Savior to King Herod for jurisdictional reasons. So let’s get started with this week’s lesson beginning at verse one.

Part 1 of Today’s Verses

“Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began accusing him, saying, ‘We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes paying taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king.’ So Pilate asked Jesus, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ Yes, it is as you say,’ Jesus replied. Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and to the crowd, ‘I find no basis for a charge against this man.’ But they insisted, ‘He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.’ Upon hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. When he learned that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at the time.” (Luke 23, verses 1–7)

So at this point, Jesus has just made his court appearance before the Temple ruling body and quickly found ‘guilty’ of allegedly pretending to be the Messiah found in their own scriptures. As before, these Scriptures were the Law and the prophets of old, what we now call the Old Testament, or what Jewish people call the Torah (pronounced Tor-AAH in Hebrew). The Temple authorities and chief priests, together with the Temple Guard who were presumably still there guarding Jesus, then brought him before Pilate to have Jesus charged with fomenting a revolt. They also bore additional false testimony, saying Jesus was opposed to taxation. Yet Christ had already said, “Then pay unto Caesar

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Minister Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium and Substack. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor; piano player