31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.” 32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem! 34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
Jesus knew what Herod was capable of; he built two cities, Tiberius and Sepphoras. He collected taxes to satisfy his own whims and that of Rome. He was morally bankrupt, he wanted to divorce his wife and marry his brother’s sister. He also had Jesus’ cousin John thrown into prison and because he could…. he beheaded him. It was also Herod’s father—also called Herod—who had all the male babies of Bethlehem massacred when Jesus was born. Jesus knew Herod and what he was capable of, but more importantly Jesus knew himself, His ministry and why He came. Jesus was not going to be manipulated and controlled by political pressure or opposition. He determined His walk based on the will of God and by doing so He would fulfill His entire ministry.
Is it possible that the Pharisees really cared about Jesus, or wa
s it that they didn’t want Jesus upsetting the status quo and spoiling favours they had wrangled from Herod?
Have we sold out to the political correctness of our world, or do we miss the voice of Jesus on behalf of the lost, broken and the hungry?
When Jerusalem rejected Jesus, they set themselves up for destruction. Jesus longs to bring us under the wings of His protection and bless us beyond what we can imagine. When people reject Jesus’ grace, they bring sorrow and destruction into their lives.
When we are faced with opposition, my prayer is that I never waver from what God has called me to do. That I would follow Christ with courage and integrity and that I would serve Him with a confidence that my today and my tomorrows are in the hands of my God.
Written by Cathy Croft