Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Seeing Isn't Believing

"Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus, for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him. And he questioned Him at some length, but He answered him nothing." (Luke 23:8-9)

The enemies of Jesus had undoubtedly tried to dismiss Jesus' miraculous powers, but king Herod had received so many reports of people being supernaturally healed and raised from the dead that he had to find out the truth for himself. Perhaps if Jesus would perform a miracle before his very own eyes, he too might become a follower.

What a great opportunity for Jesus to share truth with the man holding the highest position in Israel!  Just think, if king Herod would get saved, then maybe all the leaders in Israel and all of Rome would take note, and they too would follow Jesus. All He would need to do was answer a few of Herod's questions and perform a miracle or two. Simple enough.

However, when Jesus stood before him, Herod kept asking Him questions but Jesus refused to respond. Not a single answer. Why would He do that? Didn't He realize that He was blowing a huge opportunity?

The reason Jesus didn't answer or perform a miracle was because He wanted Herod to believe in Him on His terms.  Herod wanted to first see and then believe.  Jesus wanted him to first believe and then later he would see.  Real faith doesn't have to see a miracle first.

After Jesus rose from the dead, He could have appeared to Herod and said, "Remember Me? Now do you believe?"  Instead, He didn't go to Herod, or the high priest, or the Pharisees, but only to those who already believed in Him.

Are you trusting in Jesus, even if He doesn't perform a miracle?  He wants you to see Him with your heart and not your eyes. Some things won't make sense to you until later.  Trust Him right now, whether He performs a miracle or not.  God makes this promise, "He who believes in Him will not be disappointed!" (1 Peter 2:6).

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