Why did Jesus answer
Pilate but not Herod?
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Question: Why did Jesus answer questions from Pontius Pilate, but not Herod, after he was arrested?
Answer: First, lets briefly review the sequence of events that occurred just before Jesus was brought before Pilate. While he and the disciples are in the Garden of Gethsemane Judas arrives with armed officers and some religious leaders. As a sign of whom to arrest Judas kisses Christ. (Mark 14:41 - 45, John 18:1 - 8).
Jesus is arrested and taken to the court of Annas, a former High Priest and father-in-law of the current High Priest Caiaphas. After some questioning he is sent to the High Priest's palace. Gathered at the palace are those, and only those, chief priests, elders, scribes, and other religious leaders who want to see him dead. After a farce of a 'trial' is held, complete with false witnesses, Caiaphas accuses the Lord of blasphemy. Caiaphas and all those gathered agree that he deserves death (Matthew 26:59 - 68; Mark 14:55 - 65; Luke 22:63 - 65). At 5 am another rigged trial is held before some religious leaders. He is then taken to Pontius Pilate around 6 am.
The original charge of blasphemy against Christ is CHANGED by the Jewish leaders to treason against Rome when they take him to the Roman authorities.
33 "Are You the King of the Jews?" 34 Jesus answered, "Are you asking this on your own, or have others told you about Me?"
35 "I’m not a Jew, am I?" Pilate replied. "Your own nation and the chief priests handed You over to me. What have You done?" 36 "My kingdom is not of this world," said Jesus. "If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight . . . (John 18:33 - 36, HCSB)
After questioning Christ is sent to Herod (Luke 23:7). The response he gave to Herod's many questions was silence (Luke 23:8 - 9).