Case File: Antipas, Herod 
Case: The State V. Herod Antipas 
Crime: Aggravated Malicious Wounding 
The case before you today is that of one Herod Antipas! He is charged with one count of Aggravated Malicious Wounding. This will be a tough one. I mean come on! I’m a Crime Scene Investigator. I’m a C.S.I, not a miracle worker! Now I don’t know if I’ve got enough for a case against this Herod guy to convict him of malicious wounding on Jesus, but I can tell you this: The guy is a total sleaze. Sure, he made some nice buildings, but on a personal level – he is bottom of the barrel! The story between Herod, Pilate and Jesus is a typical and sly political dance straight out of the show House of Cards! 
Here’s what I could gather: A governor in a territory called Judea knew that Jesus was going to be trouble for him. Was it because Jesus caused trouble? Nope. Jesus healed the sick. He provided food for the hungry. He made the blind see and deaf hear. This was a problem for the religious leaders of the day. And if Jesus was a problem for them, then He was a problem for Pontius Pilate. But if Pilate did something to stop Jesus like the priests wanted, Pilate figure the people would start a rebellion. Pilate was in a lose/lose situation. 
Here are my crime scene notes: Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king." 3 And Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And he answered him, "You have said so." 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no guilt in this man." 5 But they were urgent, saying, "He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place." (Luke 23:1-5) 
Then…Pilate learned that Jesus wasn’t from Pilate’s jurisdiction. Not Pilate’s territory, therefore, Jesus should not be Pilate’s problem. Jesus was from Galilee. Pilate was off the hook. He could pass the responsibility and blame onto Herod. 
Again, you can refer to my CSI note pad here: 6 When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. (Luke 23:6-7) 
Since Jesus did much of His ministry in Galilee, Herod had already heard of Jesus and wanted to meet Him. “What a show this Jesus could provide,” Herod would’ve guessed! He must be like a magician with all of those healing tricks! You get this idea that Herod saw Jesus as entertainment – another puppet to be paraded in front of the powerful Herod to do his bidding. Jesus wouldn’t budge. No tricks for Herod! No spectacle! No entertainment! And that completely ticked Herod off! He had never been denied like this before! 
CSI Notes: 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9 So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. (Luke 23:8-9) 
It didn’t matter what was asked, or who spoke what. King. Religious leaders. Religious writers. Jesus didn’t give in to the show. He didn’t feed into their bloodlust and frenzy. So, what did Herod and his soldiers do? They mocked Jesus. They humiliated him. Now by all accounts this Jesus was not a bad guy. Common folks loved Him. He was humble and compassionate. He was one of those guys who you knew was honest about his spirituality, you know? He said something and He meant it. He told it like it is, but in a way that was honorable. He told others to love people, so what did He do? He went out of His way to love others. I have no idea why Herod would feel threatened by this Jesus. But Herod certainly was frustrated with Jesus’ silence. And Herod took it out on Jesus. Can you prove malicious wounding with the crime scene photos? Well, maybe not by Herod. I mean for that you would have to prove that Herod shot, stabbed, cut, or wounded or by any means caused bodily injury to another person, maliciously, and with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or kill.1 I think that proving that might be a real stretch if you have to go to trial but Herod was no saint in the way He treated that Jesus guy. 
CSI Notes: 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other. (Luke 23:10-12) 
He made fun of him with a bunch of other people watching. Sometimes you think about Jesus and how He was surrounded by crowds who actually wanted to hear what He had to say. They were reasonably respectful of Him. Have you ever thought about this crowd? The one that He allowed to humiliate Him? What’s more is that having a common enemy in Jesus – two political rivals became best buds. Its actually kind of disgusting. Are you going to seek a conviction on this guy or are you going to go after some other charges? I bet I could find enough evidence to at least prove that Herod was a real piece of work that didn’t know how to treat other people with decency or respect. For that…oh yeah, Herod would’ve been totally guilty.
Closing Remarks 
How are we doing at treating each other? Have we leveraged what we can of more desirable relationships to humiliate others? It unfortunately happens all the time in schools. You know what’s sad? Most folks never grow in maturity past that. 
Or maybe in this time of need – have we elevated our personal needs over the needs of the rest of our community. Here’s where we can be convicted in our own lives today: Jesus teaches that whatever we have or haven’t done to the least of those in our community, we’ve done those things or withheld those things….from Him. Hear His own words in Matthew 25:41-45: 41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' 44 Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' 45 Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.'’ 
Can you imagine, when you bought out all the soup at the grocery store for yourself, there’s a family with little kids somewhere that may have a future empty table? That was Jesus who was going hungry. He’s that closely linked to the suffering in His people. Or for the younger members of the Church, the kid that you made fun of, you didn’t just make fun of that kid, you poked fun at Jesus. We participate in humiliating Him. That’s convicting right there. 
This is why His cross and His empty tomb are so vital to our community and family. Would you want to carry around that image of the little kids with no food in your heart for your entire life? Would you want to have the shame of humiliating another kid in school every time you’d see her post on SnapChat? 
Jesus provides forgiveness so that our next actions are not motivated by the sum of our previous actions. He reminds us that His cross, removes our sin. His resurrection allows us to live a life that is removed from our actions of humiliation. He moves us to carry His compassion for others. This is why He was silent in front of Herod and mostly silent in front of Pilate. He could just have spoken the word and walked away free. He had the power. But most importantly, He had the will to stay silent, because He had enough compassion on us to endure humiliation so that He could go to the cross. That work allows us not to have to be a part of His humiliation, but connected with Him in something far, far greater. 
What this means is that our eternity determines our actions. Its not the other way around. Our actions do not determine our eternity. That is, we don’t do good things to get to be with Jesus. Nor do we do bad things and remain completely defined by them. No…we get to be with Jesus, therefore, we get to do good things in this life. Listen to Jesus in these next days – He has a lot of important work for you to do with Him. 
God bless you as you cling tightly by faith to His Words of faith over fear and compassion over anything else!