The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 185: Section 4.
Jesus Before Herod
When Herod Antipas stopped in Jerusalem, he dwelt in the old Maccabean palace
of Herod the Great, and it was to this home of the former king that Jesus was
now taken by the temple guards, and he was followed by his accusers and an increasing
multitude. Herod had long heard of Jesus, and he was very curious about him.
When the Son of Man stood before him, on this Friday morning, the wicked Idumean
never for one moment recalled the lad of former years who had appeared before
him in Sepphoris pleading for a just decision regarding the money due his father,
who had been accidentally killed while at work on one of the public buildings.
As far as Herod knew, he had never seen Jesus, although he had worried a great
deal about him when his work had been centered in Galilee. Now that he was in
custody of Pilate and the Judeans, Herod was desirous of seeing him, feeling
secure against any trouble from him in the future. Herod had heard much about
the miracles wrought by Jesus, and he really hoped to see him do some wonder.
When they brought Jesus before Herod, the tetrarch was startled by his stately
appearance and the calm composure of his countenance. For some fifteen minutes
Herod asked Jesus questions, but the Master would not answer. Herod taunted
and dared him to perform a miracle, but Jesus would not reply to his many inquiries
or respond to his taunts.
Then Herod turned to the chief priests and the Sadducees and, giving ear to
their accusations, heard all and more than Pilate had listened to regarding
the alleged evil doings of the Son of Man. Finally, being convinced that Jesus
would neither talk nor perform a wonder for him, Herod, after making fun of
him for a time, arrayed him in an old purple royal robe and sent him back to
Pilate. Herod knew he had no jurisdiction over Jesus in Judea. Though he was
glad to believe that he was finally to be rid of Jesus in Galilee, he was thankful
that it was Pilate who had the responsibility of putting him to death. Herod
never had fully recovered from the fear that cursed him as a result of killing
John the Baptist. Herod had at certain times even feared that Jesus was John
risen from the dead. Now he was relieved of that fear since he observed that
Jesus was a very different sort of person from the outspoken and fiery prophet
who dared to expose and denounce his private life.