So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.
Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him.
by: Dorothy Noel.
In verse 15, Pilate said, “nothing deserving death has been done by [Jesus].” I do not think he quite grasped the truth of what he was saying. In Romans 6:23, we read that “the wages of sin is death.” Jesus is the only man who can be said to have never earned that wage. His guiltlessness should have cleared Him from punishment. And yet, we know that out of love for us, Jesus was crucified. This balance of guilt and love plays out in every salvation story, from the thief on the cross to you and me today.