That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies. (Luke 23:12 NIV)
Death has a way of reconciling people. We see this in today’s passage where two former enemies, Herod and Pilate, became friends. They both agreed that Jesus was innocent and didn’t deserve to die (Luke 23:13-15). Through Jesus’ death, not only did Herod and Pilate become friends, but we, who were God’s enemies because of our sin and rebellion against Him, were reconciled to Him. Paul reminds us of this truth in his letter to the Romans, “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:10). If Jesus’ death had the power to make us God’s friends, then surely His resurrection has the power to daily deliver us from sin’s dominion (Romans 5:10 AMPC).