This mornings reading was from Luke 9:1-27; Genesis 15; Psalm 8
I've read from Luke 9 a lot throughout my life. I grew up in a Christian home and despite a difficult young adulthood, have remained true to the faith I was raised with. So when I read it this morning it was reminding myself of things I already knew until I came to this verses.
7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed, because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, 8 others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. 9 But Herod said, "I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?" And he tried to see him.
Possibly because in my email it had the title "Herod is perplexed by Jesus" and I never had that stick out before in any reading I had done before of this passage.
But it made me stop and think. Herod.. the man who tried to have Jesus killed a baby is perplexed by the excitement that Jesus is raising among the people. Some people thinking that Jesus was John ... and I can just see Herod going...but I had John beheaded, what are these people thinking? And he's so intrigued that he tries to see Jesus Christ. I don't know if he was successful, I'm presuming not.
Herod wanted to see Christ.
This shouldn't surprise me as much as it did. We as believers are called to show Christ to the world. Christ came for everyone... even Herod. And here I am, finding myself surprised, learning the Jesus was interesting enough for Herod to take notice of him in (what seems to me) a positive way. He's curious, interested, perplexed and wants to know more.
Isn't that how we should all be though? Curious, interested and perplexed, wanting to know more about Christ? Shouldn't we be inspiring those same thoughts in the those around us?
I am getting better at being open about my faith...it's been slow coming, I wasn't raised to be real open about what I believe, but I am getting better. God has been so gracious to me at showing me that talking about him isn't a scary deal and people aren't rejecting me if they aren't interested in Christ. Reading these words, for some reason gives me more hope. If Herod (a leader, not inclined toward the things of God) can be curious, interested and perplexed by Jesus, perhaps I can encourage others to be as well. :)
What do you think??? Who can you encourage to be curious, interested and/or perplexed by God and his son Jesus today?