The Miracle or the Messiah
Dec. 11th, 09
Luke 23:8 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. We’re all familiar with the mock trial thrust upon Jesus. From Pilate to Herod, back to Pilate; ne
ither official leader able to find any evidence to warrant his death; yet the crowds persuade Pilate to kill Jesus. At the first mention of Jesus being sent to Herod, appears the above statement. I wonder sometimes at my own motivation for seeing Jesus.
Am I delighted to see Jesus, or be numbered as one of his disciples because I want to see him perform miracles? What is my real motivation for choosing my discipleship? Herod was fascinated with Jesus’ reputation, and had been waiting for an occasion to meet Jesus, but all for a magic-show miracle. I know sometimes the ways I pray would indicate that my fascination with Jesus is no greater than Herod’s! “Give me this or that, bless so and so, heal this ailment, take care of this situation, spare me from that one, help me out of this stupid predicament, forgive me…again”!
This Christmas season, or at least in these few moments today, I want my motives for loving and following Jesus to be more pure. I want to see the baby in the manger for what he really is, a soon to be crucified savior, and soon after that a resurrected Lord. Help me to base my discipleship not on the miracles that intrigue and impress me, but on the debt I owe for Jesus sparing my life, and saving my soul. Lord, help me to love you with pure intent and with the motivation to serve you, and those you love. I don’t want to be just another Herod, seeking the miracle, and missing the Savior.