Daily Dose, March 29 — Holy Week

  When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him off to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some sign. He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him; then he put an elegant robe on him, and sent him back to Pilate. That same day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they had been enemies. (Luke 23:6-12) I love the old spiritual song that declares that our Lord Jesus never said, “a mumbling word” as he went to the cross. The song became a thorn in my side, because Jesus had plenty to say as he was interrogated and accused by the High Priest Caiaphas. Jesus even asked the soldier who struck him on the face to explain the reason for the punch. Jesus had several conversations with Pontius Pilate that did not let the governor off the hook. Jesus spoke a word of warning to some women who followed him to Calvary, and he spoke to a thief who wanted to find forgiveness. So you see my confusion, which Luke erased by recalling the brief moment when Jesus stood before Herod. Galilee was the jurisdiction where Herod governed. Pilate sent Jesus to Herod in an attempt to avoid his responsibility. Herod was an evil lunatic. Herod had John the Baptist beheaded. Herod heard that Jesus could work miracles and demanded that Jesus perform some sign to evidence his power. Herod treated Jesus with contempt and made fun of Jesus. Herod put an elegant robe on Jesus and sent him back to Pilate. Not a word did Jesus ever speak to Herod, which is the reason for the song about never saying a mumbling word. Apparently, Jesus knew what I learned from Bishop Ernest Fitzgerald. You can’t out brag a jackass. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don