His silence wasn’t out of defiance, it was out of strategy.

Herod was DELIGHTED at the opportunity to see Jesus, because he had heard about him and had been hoping for a long time to see him perform a miracle.  He asked Jesus question after question, but Jesus refused to answer.  Meanwhile, the leading priests and the teachers of religious law stood there shouting their accusationsThen Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus. Finally, they put a royal robe on him and sent him back to Pilate. Luke 23:8-11

I’m amazed at how the “trial” of Jesus was given an opportunity to take such a different turn right at this moment. Pilate, having found no wrong in Jesus, sent Him over to Herod Anitpas for judgment. And Herod? Boy, Herod couldn’t wait to meet Jesus. He had heard about His miracles, perhaps He even needed one, and when Jesus didn’t respond in the way he wanted Him to - well, you know the rest of the story. Angered, it wasn’t long before he gave in to the voices of the masses and set Him back on His course to the cross. Herod was no longer delighted, he was disappointed. It makes me wonder if perhaps all Jesus had to do was a simple miracle for Herod and He would have been set free.

I don’t know.

But as I read through this passage of scripture I cannot help but see good people sitting in the seat of the wicked Herod on a daily basis. 

At one time, they had heard about this marvelous Jesus.

At one time, they had hoped to meet this miracle working Jesus.

At one time, perhaps they had even delighted in meeting Jesus. 

But when they asked Him for a miracle and then didn’t get the response they wanted - they claimed their request fell before a God who no longer responds.

So they withdrew.

Fell back into the masses of people who shout Jesus doesn’t do miracles, can’t respond to calls for help, and isn’t who He says He is. They have now chosen to retreat to the same throne of disillusionment that Herod sat in. Somehow finding a false sense of peace in their discouragement

Sometimes I wonder why Jesus didn’t just go and prove Himself in that moment. Truthfully, sometimes I wonder why He doesn’t prove Himself every time *I* ask for a miracle. 

But then I am reminded that His silence wasn’t out of defiance, it was out of strategy. Jesus had already proven His ability to do miracles. Literally, like over and over again. It was time to prove a new thing, a more powerful thing. He was going to prove His ability to conquer death. So this “no” to Herod was in order to give a greater “yes” to all of humanity. 

“No Herod, I will not save myself.” in exchange for a “Yes child, I will save you.”

I can’t explain the no’s, but I never want to become a Herod. I don’t need Jesus to prove anything new. After all, He’s already a tried and proven Savior. I just want to love Him for who He already is and enjoy every new “Yes” He still delights to give.  

Jayne PattonComment