Monday, November 16, 2009

Herod was delighted when Jesus showed up


I am reading through an old National Geographic magazine about Herod - the master builder of Judea before and during Christ's time on earth.

He was cruel, militarily strong and politically adroit. He had heard about Jesus, the amazing magician who was wandering about his kingdom.

6 -7 "When Pilate heard that, he asked, "So, he's a Galilean?" Realizing that he properly came under Herod's jurisdiction, he passed the buck to Herod, who just happened to be in Jerusalem for a few days.

8 - "Herod was delighted when Jesus showed up. He had wanted for a long time to see him, he'd heard so much about him. He hoped to see him do something spectacular. He peppered him with questions."

Herod was like millions of people today. Jesus, you supernatural "puppet-on-a-string". DO something for me! Entertain me! Make everything go my way! Make me rich!

Jesus didn't answer—not one word. But the high priests and religion scholars were right there, saying their piece, strident and shrill in their accusations.

11 -12 "Mightily offended, Herod turned on Jesus. His soldiers joined in, taunting and jeering. Then they dressed him up in an elaborate king costume and sent him back to Pilate. That day Herod and Pilate became thick as thieves. Always before they had kept their distance."

The delight didn't last long. Those that come to Jesus for the miracle, for the immediate benefit, for the "Alladin in a box" experience get dissappointed quickly. Some of the most avowed athiests are like Herod. They came to Jesus for a miracle. When their quick fix doesn't happen just like they want, just when they want?

Mightily offended - they turn on Jesus.

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