Steve Coder

“That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.” (Luke 23:12, NIV84)

It is sobering to think who will become friends when Christ is rejected. Sadly, that’s the reality we read about in the account of the crucifixion story. “Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.” Their rejection of Christ forged their friendship. It was a horrendous way for them to become friends, but yet, this still happens everyday. People who reject Jesus find common ground in their defiance. The grief to the heart of God is that those who reject Him fail to see that Jesus has always, only, had their very best in mind. Remember, He still went to the cross and died for both Herod and Pilate despite their defiance.

“Bad company corrupts good character.”
So, the old adage is true, “Bad company corrupts good character.” Pilate said he found no fault with Christ and declared there was no reason to crucify him. But, he crucified Him anyway. Perhaps his friendship with Herod helped him justify the cruel atrocity. Rejecting Christ not only introduces you to friends you don’t need, but it will also cause you to do things you never thought you were capable of. James said it this way, “Friendship with the world is hatred towards God.” (James 4:4)

What is the answer? Accept Christ Jesus as Lord of your life. You may lose some friends, but you will gain the fellowship of Christ and His people. And, instead of killing the testimony of Christ, you will become His friend and a light that will stand out like a “city set upon a hill!”


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