Longing for a sign
“When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him.”
Luke 23:8 ESV
Continuing the theme of what can you see, today’s theme is King Herod, the governor Pontius Pilate, sent Jesus to appear before him. Herod had been longing to see Jesus, whose reputation had proceeded Him. If Herod had been desperate to see Jesus, why had he not sought Him? Surely if he had been seen, he would have lost his credibility, why would a king, some one in an exalted position, stoop so low to see this preacher? What if Jesus challenged him, after all he had called out the Jewish Leaders?
Yet there was this keen desire to see Jesus, but again his thought processes are wrong, he wanted to see a sign, a wonder a miracle. This meeting was a cacophony of vehement hatred, accused by the priests, treat with contempt by the guards. The sign was before them, the miracle was going to unfold over the next few days, but yet they could not see.
Being a Pentecostal Christian, I believe that signs, wonders and miracles still occur today, but I am sadden when people chase after the gift rather than the giver. I remember one of my first pastors telling us of a lady who had ulcerated legs, the pastor visited, prayed and laid hands upon the lady. A few days later the lady called and asked him to visit again, the ulcers were gone and perfect new skin like that of a baby was where wounds had been. A miracle, yet to his knowledge this lady never became a follower of Jesus. She missed the greatest gift.
Do you long for a sign? I urge you to seek Jesus, while he may be found.