Entry for May 2, 2008
Today’s Verse: Luke 23:8 Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a very long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him. NASB
The only reason Herod wanted to see Jesus was to be entertained. He had no doubt heard a lot of Jesus’ amazing and miraculous acts and he wanted to see some of them for himself. This was after all in the time before TV. Otherwise, he would have been more entertained by MTV or VH1 or some other fast paced entertainment medium. The miracles and mere presence of Jesus could not stand up to that kind of desire for entertainment certainly. No more than it can today. Albeit there are many who, like Herod, seek to be entertained by Jesus. They come together with the church to get something. Not satisfied to be in the Lord’s presence with brothers and sisters lifting up worship and praise. Not satisfied with the taking of communion in remembrance together. They are certainly not satisfied if a sermon from God’s word doesn’t have enough humor or is too long. Herod’s attitude certainly saddened Jesus’ heart. Here stood the King of all Kings, made to put up with this fake king who owed his allegiance to Rome and not to Israel or God. Faced with the very presence of the God of the universe, he desired to be entertained. When you go before God, is it your heart’s desire to give or to get? When you go to Sunday services, are you wanting to be entertained or to offer praise to God and encouragement and support for His children? Let’s not turn our precious time with Him into entertainment. Let us bow before Him, thankful.