We now see in this passage Herod’s response to Jesus. Perhaps, though, it would be better to call it Jesus’ response to Herod.
This was the same Herod that had beheaded John the Baptist, and had wondered if Jesus was John raised from the dead. (Matthew 14:1-12; Luke 9:7-9)
When Herod had first heard of Jesus, he had tried to see him, and failed. If the Pharisees weren’t lying, it’s also possible that he had even tried to take Jesus by force, but failed. (Luke 13:31-33)
Now at long last, Herod had Jesus before him. But though he asked him many questions and tried to get him to perform some miracles, Jesus said nothing.
Why not? I think Jesus knew that no matter what he said or what he did, Herod would never believe. Herod had had John before him many times after he had imprisoned him. But though he had been intrigued by John, and “liked to listen to him,” (Mark 6:20) he refused to repent.
He treated Jesus the same way. As a curiosity. As a person of perhaps some interest. As a person who could perhaps provide some entertainment. But certainly not as one to obey. And most certainly not as someone he should take seriously. And so Jesus said nothing.
The warning for us is this: If we harden our hearts to him, Jesus will have nothing to say to us.
Jesus is no genie to perform for us. Nor is he one to be treated as a curiosity that we can take lightly.
He is God himself. He is the King. He is the Lord.
How about you? How do you see Jesus?