Luke 23:1-25; Genesis 41; Psalm 32
I’m a little skeptical of the people who think that they can summon miracles on demand from God. I’m even a little more skeptical of those who think that such miracles will change the hearts of those opposed to God. Yet there are those who seem to think that miracles alone will draw people to God. Jesus knew two things about miracles: miracles alone don’t draw people into a true relationship with Him and if you draw people in by miracles, you have to keep going with one miracle after another. As the trial that led to the crucifixion of Jesus continued, Pilate sent Jesus to Herod. “Herod was very glad to see Jesus, for he had heard about Jesus and had wanted to see him for quite some time. He was hoping to see Jesus perform some sign.” (Luke 23:8) Maybe a miracle would have changed Herod’s heart. Maybe Jesus knew that if he performed one little miracle for Herod, he would have set Jesus free which would have negated the whole purpose for Jesus’ incarnation. I think that Jesus knew that any miracle he performed wouldn’t have been enough for Herod, though. So he stayed silent. In an interesting twist, Herod and Pilate, two political enemies became friends after that. Many would have counted that a miracle. Neither Herod nor Pilate recognized the miracle when it happened. We serve a miraculous God. The greatest miracle of all, though, is that He loves and cares for us and that we can be in a restored relationship with Him.
Dear Lord, thank You for loving me and restoring fellowship with me. I come to You only by Your grace and it truly is a miracle that You love me. Help me to share that miracle of love and grace with others.