Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Κύριος Notes :Night in the Heart of Herod


Thank You for this time Lord Jesus
To listen and to hear Your quiet Voice.
Have control over this time and in this place Lord Jesus.

Scripture Reflection: Luke 23
8When 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 some miracle. 9He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.

Lord Jesus--You were a curiosity to Herod. He wanted to see tricks with fish and bread or walking on water...or blind men healed before his eyes. Something verifiable for the record books...something that a calloused and seasoned political infighter could believe in...Herod Antipas was looking for something more than power, more than money or success.

John intrigued him and You mystified him. Ultimately he was a second rate king in client nation of Roman who inherited his power and wealth. He ended up being exiled to Gaul with his second wife and dieing in obscurity by best historical accounts. I wonder if he ever thought of this interview...I wonder if the look in your eyes ever made an impact on his jaundiced and jaded soul.

10The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate.

Politics won out over Herod's curiosity. The hatred of the religious elect was enough to make him want to get out of the middle of the situation. Herod was someone who was not willing to be brought into the middle of anything where he would have to make the powers that be upset with him.

Lord Jesus in the middle of this interchange and intrigue there is the thread of the Holy that can be seen. There is a call to the just, there is a need to allow honesty in the middle of trumped up charges. There is the sense of the Father's hand revealing people for who they are.

Lord Jesus as I look at this account again and reflect on the sacrifice that You made, I realize how futile my attempts have been at being authentic are without your power alive within me. You were able at your trial...at your most vulnerable to bring out the truth in people of power.

Lord Jesus continue your work in me.

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