He opened their minds so that they could understand… Luke 24:36b-48 The resurrection needed to happen. The story is not complete without it. Hindsight may be 20/20 but in this journey it’s helpful to know that when we fall we shall also rise. Some things we know but other things in this life we can only know after we’ve experienced it. It is then that our own minds are open to comprehend. Gracious God, of the experiences to which you have called us, and the mysteries therein, help us to walk in faith that we may also live into your resurrection.
Herod’s story helps us to understand several things. First, that John’s message was for everyone. Second, not everyone who hears the message of repentance will be committed to it. Third, for those who hear and receive it, they will make the choice to prepare themselves so that God can enter in and live according to God’s will and not the will of the self. By doing so it doesn’t make us perfect and we won’t always make the right decision but the spirit that condemns us will lead us back to John’s message of repentance of the heart. What story would we be telling if Herod chose not to honor his daughter’s request? How many decisions have we made in our own lives simply for our own self-preservation out of pride, arrogance, selfishness and fear? How many times have we in hindsight, with knowledge of Christ, wish we had made a different decision, not for things in which we have no relationship like the color of carpet, but rather in those matters that reflect our relationship to others? However, in spite of our selves and out past, God chooses to be in relationship with us, as blameless before him according to his love, which is revealed to us through Christ. As we strive to live according to God’s love, a Herod’s dilemma becomes less prevalent in our lives as we travel this journey.