When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. Luke 23:8 (NIV)
There is no doubt that Herod was interested in Jesus. However, his interest was more curiosity than a serious consideration of Jesus’ claims. Herod had heard things about what Jesus had been doing and this had sparked his interest. It is safe to assume that Herod would have heard of some of the miracles that Jesus had performed. Unfortunately, while Herod was interested in seeing if Jesus would perform a miracle, he was not interested in what a miracle might tell him about Jesus’ identity.
We are told later in Luke 23 that Herod plied Jesus with questions, but Jesus did not answer him. It is unlikely that Jesus’ silence was because he couldn’t answer Herod. In reality his silence fulfilled an Old Testament prophecy from Isaiah. Additionally, Jesus would have known what was in Herod’s heart and that he wasn’t really interested in the truth.
You find the same thing today. Some people show a superficial interest in Christianity that stops at the point where they need to take the claims of Jesus seriously. The question Jesus put to his disciples is still relevant today: ‘Who do you say that I am?’
There is nothing wrong with being curious about Christianity. However, for some it stops there. They don’t want to take Jesus seriously and aren’t prepared for his life-changing message of repentance and forgiveness.
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