Whose Side Are You On? – Those Who Witnessed the Passion
– by Carlos Mantica
Only Luke records the visit to Herod. Herod seems to be in the middle of a party and wants to be amazed or amused. He is willing to take sides with Jesus under the condition that Jesus will perform a little miracle for him.
[Herod] was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. (Luke 23:7)
He wanted to see him, for the same reason many a TV show where some evangelist performs miracles. Only the spectacular aspect of Christianity is of interest to them. I am not sick and I have no interest in what they are going to say; but if people get healed there, I have to go and see. If the Pope comes, I won’t miss him. If the Lord acts powerfully in this retreat or gathering and performs a miracle, I will be excited and will clap my hands, but then I will go home and go on with my life as if nothing ever happened.
If they don’t get what they expected they get angry and mock at the whole thing, which is what Herod did. “And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him; then, arraying him in gorgeous apparel, he sent him back to Pilate” (Luke 23:11).
Carlos Mantica is a founder of The City of God community (La Cuidad de Dios) in Managua, Nicaragua, and a founding leader of the Sword of the Spirit. He served as president of the Sword of the Spirit between 1991 and 1995. Adapted from the book, From Egghead to Birdhood (hatch or rot as a Christian), © copyright 2001 Carlos Mantica.