Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. Luke 23:8
There are people whose excitement for Jesus is only because He can perform miracles. In fact they name their ministries after that. Herod’s gladness was not for Jesus as the treasure, but for the miracle Jesus can do.
That is the danger. Some go to churches because ‘there are miracles’, or ‘it manifests’. Pursuit of miracles is sure sign of idolatry, a sign that one may even not be born again. They seek excitement. They seek amusement. They want to have a story to tell after church service. That’s all. That’s Herod.
But Jesus can refuse to be in that box. He deserves our infinite praise because He is infinitely beautiful. We must desire Him for who He is. Those that seek His face know Him, enjoy Him, and are truly exceedingly glad. For He is more precious than pearls, more glorious than gold, to be more desirable than diamond.
Why do you go to church? Is it for miracles? Amusement perhaps? Has church become a social club, or a place to get news for the week? Do you love God or simply what you think He should do for you? Do you seek God’s will regardless, or do you know the good plans you think God should have for you? Where is your treasure?
‘Then he (Herod) questioned Him (Jesus) with many words, but He answered him nothing.’ Luke 23:9.