Is Jesus Your King or Merely a Spectacle?

Pilate did not want to deal with Jesus, so once he learned Herod should handle the trial of Jesus, he sent Jesus over to him to adjudicate the case in Jerusalem.  Herod gladly received Jesus.  Why?  Luke tells us.

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, emphasis added)

Herod, though dead, yet speaks.  How many people in our world gladly accept Jesus “hoping to see some sign done by him.”  Jesus is not their King, He is merely a spectacle; little more than a circus side show.   William Barclay comments,

Herod regarded Jesus as a sight to be gazed at.  To Herod, he was simply a spectacle.  But Jesus was not a sight to be stared at; he was a king to be submitted to.  Epictetus, the famous Greek Stoic teacher, used to complain that people came from all over the world to his lectures to stare at him, as if had been a famous statue, but not to accept and to obey his teaching.  Jesus is not a figure to be gazed at but a master to be obeyed (William Barclay, The Gospel of Luke, 278). 

Father, please help us not be Herodians.  May we gladly receive and humbly submit to Jesus as our King.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.


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