At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”
Matthew 14 : 1 – 2
There are times in our lives when things happen, and we can’t believe it, sometimes out of fear, or for some other reason. When 9/11 happened, I heard about it while lining up for the opening convocation of my first year of university. I was standing in line with my orientation group, and someone came running up to my group, and told us that one of the twin towers had been hit by a plane. It sounded so horrible and unreal, that I didn’t believe it until the president of the university began his speech saying that today was a sad day for our country.
This is different from that memory, but Herod, who was the one who had John killed, can’t believe that he is has been raised from the dead. It was thought that he was part of a group of people, called the Sadducees, who didn’t believe in resurrection. Herod probably felt threatened by the power that he thought John had to come back from the dead. Herod saw the work Jesus was doing, and thought it was John, and knew the many things John had done.
We should never underestimate the power of Jesus to perform miracles. They may not always be what we want, but Jesus is in the world performing miracles. Our job is to recognise them, don’t take them for granted, and give thanks for them.
Prayer: Amazing God, we are so thankful for the many ways that you are active in this world. We see the amazing miracles you have performed through the stories of the Bible. Help us to be in awe of the amazing things you are up to in the world. Remind us to give thanks that you are doing amazing things. Amen.
Action: Be in awe and give thanks for the work of God in your life and this world.