There are thousands of Americans on opposite sides of the political spectrum who are fed up and disillusioned with our leaders in Washington. A quick look at history, however, will reveal that Ecclesiastes was right when it declared the there’s nothing new under the sun.
In the first century Jesus faced a politician we all could get justly angry against. His nickname was “The Fox” and for good reason. Herod Antipas committed adultery with his brother’s wife, married her, and then cut off John the Baptist’s head when the prophet didn’t let him get away with breaking the 7th Commandment.
While the disciples were out on their first mission trip commissioned by King Jesus, Luke fills us in on how Herod reacted to the news reports coming in as the Jesus movement gained momentum.
“Now Herod the Tetrarch heard about all that was happening. He became disturbed by what people were saying. Some claimed that John had risen from the dead. Others that Elijah had appeared and others that one of the prophets of old had risen. Herod said, ‘John, I beheaded, but who is this one about whom I’m hearing such things?’ And he was seeking to see Him.” - Luke 9:7-11
Herod will get the chance to see Jesus, but Jesus won’t have anything to say to him. But that’s jumping ahead in our Story. One thing is clear at this point in Luke. Jesus’ power to resist demons and to heal diseases was well known by the political rulers in Palestine in the first century. And a lot of folks were wrestling with the question, “Who is this Jesus of Nazareth?“
Luke has made it clear for us from the beginning. Jesus is the Messiah in the line of David, God’s Son. He’s the Savior who can forgive our sins, raise us from the dead, and not disillusion us in the end.
LORD, move people across not only our country but around the world who are angry with their rulers and with their situation in life to realize that only Jesus can deliver on the promise to bring a Kingdom of peace, prosperity, and love that will last forever. And thanks for telling an honest story that includes some really bad characters like Herod Antipas so that I don’t need to think that today is something new when it comes to a chaotic world.
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