Fifth Trial; Herod (7 AM)

When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.  And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.  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.  Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.  10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.  11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.  12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

Herod was thrilled Jesus was coming to visit.  He had heard so many great stories about Him, and was hoping He would “perform” some miracle for him.  But when Jesus came, He would not say a word to Herod.  The priests and scribes just continually accused Him, but Jesus sad nothing at all.  Herod was disgusted with Him and had His men mock Him and the sent Him back to Pilate.

To stand firm when all around you is falling apart is indeed a great attribute.  Jesus was strong in the face of the worst adversity.  Am I?  When things are going wrong, am I someone my friends and family can lean on, knowing I will be strength for them?  Will I stand strong in the worst adversity, and will I be able to hold their hand through the trial?  I pray that I will be.  I pray I will have the strength Jesus did when He faced all these people accusing Him.  I pray I have the words to pick others up when they are down.  I pray I can be their strength when their strength is gone.  I pray Jesus will flow through me to them!

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