Why Do You Want to See Jesus?

“Herod was delighted when Jesus showed up.
He had wanted for a long time to see him, he’d heard so much about him.
He hoped to see him do something spectacular.
He peppered him with questions. Jesus didn’t answer—not one word.”
Luke 23:8-10

Narcissistic, egotistical Herod the Great was accustomed to being entertained. He heard about Jesus and all his miracles and thought Jesus would give him a private show.

Instead, Jesus kept quiet. Herod probably didn’t realize that Jesus didn’t come to earth to buddy up with other kings and celebrities at the country club. No, he came to do good and help people in need. To give hope to the hopeless and bring light into the darkness. To heal broken hearts and reconcile shattered families.

Herod just wanted a magic show.

I think many people come to Jesus and to church just for the show. They don’t get it that Jesus wants to come into their pain and brokenness to heal them. They’re satisfied living with dark, hidden shame and continuing in their soul-sickness. For these people, Jesus is silent, just as he was on that day with Herod.