A Short Study of Luke 23:8

“And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.”
(Luke 23:8)

When Pilate tried to wash his guilty hands from his dealings with the Lord Jesus Christ, he sent the Lord to face judgment before Herod. Herod was a notorious guilty man. He had murdered John the Baptist to satisfy and please his family. But when he stood before the Lord Jesus Christ, he did not beg for mercy, nor did he repent of his sins, nor did he ask to have his guilt removed. He was just excited and curious to see something pleasing to the flesh, “He hoped to see a miracle done by Him.”

Sadly, the same is true of so many guilty sinners today. When they hear of the Lord Jesus Christ, they do not see in Him a Saviour to remove the guilt of sin or a Redeemer to deliver from the power of sin to condemn. But they are only interested in some miracles to please the flesh or gratify their curiosity. Their end will be like that of Herod and Pilate. Our Lord said, “If you believe not that I AM, you will die in yours sins.” (John 8:24)

Oh may the Lord be pleased to cause us to believe the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to grant us the miracle of faith in Him (John 6:29). To be blessed to see in Christ crucified all our salvation before God (Acts 4:12); to experience in our heart the miracle of the eternal redemption of our soul (Hebrews 9:11-12); the miracle of complete forgiveness from all our sins (Ephesians 1:7; 1st John 1:7); the miracle of righteousness imputed to us by His free grace (Romans 4:6-8; 2nd Corinthians 5:21); the miracle of peace with God through Christ, through His blood (Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:20) and the miracle to rest in Christ alone as our All and in All ( Matthew 11:28; Colossians 3:11).

Oh Lord grant it to be so with us that we might truly be exceeding glad to see the Lord Jesus Christ by faith and that we would be desirous to see more of Him; the beauty of His person (John 1:14-16) and the glory of His redeeming work (Hebrews 10:10-17).

T. Harding

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