When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.
This is really a marvelous portion of scripture!
Oh the irony of this man Herod; this ruler, this man of pomp and ceremony, this man of great wealth and power begging for a miracle from Jesus, all for naught, when even the poorest beggar, by his poverty and humility, commanded the full attention and compassion of Jesus - receiving the miraculous display of power that Herod was denied.
They laughed at Him as one who had lost his power, yet it was the power of God's love that had delivered the Lord of Glory into their hands. They mocked him, considering Him nothing but a pitiful, deluded man, unable to see that God had become a man to give His life as a ransom for mankind.
How ridiculous is this man who summons Jesus to his courts in order to use Him for his own amusement but who is actually the one being used; created and exalted by God (along with Pilate) for no other reason but to fulfill the prophecy from Psalm 2:2 that says;
"The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed"
The one whom they cast from their presence arrayed in the garish and gaudy robes of the rulers of this world is the One who will one day return, clothed in splendor to judge and to rule and to reign over kings and kingdoms, princes and principalities.
From the Old Testament prophecies that foretold His coming, to the miraculous birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus, I marvel as I watch how God moved the chess pieces into place in order to orchestrate His redemptive plan for the human race.
When the world around me seems to be unraveling; when I see the wicked prospering and evil flourishing; whenever I find myself confused, challenged and questioning whether or not God knows what He's doing, may I remember that behind and over every small plan of men is the grand and sovereign plan of God.