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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood


The Wrong View of Jesus

King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” Others said, “He is Elijah.” And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.” But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!” (Mark 6:14-16, NIV)

Who is Jesus?

That’s the biggest question in the world, the biggest question you will ever answer. Get it right, and all heaven opens up to you. Get it wrong, and hell awaits.

Herod got it wrong. His name appears for the first time in Mark’s Gospel, but by the time Mark actually writes he no longer is king — he’s dead.

Herod has a very troubled and afflicted conscience. His murder of John the Baptist has come back to haunt him all the more when he hears about Jesus. Not only that, the mention of Herod alerts us that Jesus is accumulating danger. The political party allied to Herod had already plotted with their opposites, the Pharisees, to kill Jesus (3:6).

Now, Herod is wondering, Who is this Jesus really?

Mark tells us that to this point in Jesus’ life there are divided opinions. The theologically educated believe that He is possessed by the prince of demons, Beelzebub (3:22). These teachers of the Law would never have entertained the view that Jesus was John the Baptist. They totally rejected the idea of reincarnation.

However, there’s always a National Enquirer mentality in any culture that believes what they hear regardless of fact. These people think that John the Baptist or Elijah has come back from the dead in the person of Jesus. The revelation of God in both the Old and New Testaments clearly rejects reincarnation. “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Others have a more enhanced view of Jesus — that He is a prophet.

To this point, the disciples were uncertain of Jesus’ true identity (4:41), although they were making progress. Jesus’ hometown viewed Him with disdain (6:3), and His family hoped the whole hullabaloo would die away (3:31).

Herod embraces the reincarnation view — that Jesus is John the Baptist come back to life.

Let’s put it this way. If you had ordered a man decapitated and then thought that individual was now walking around with his head on, teaching powerfully, doing mighty works, and attracting a vast following, how would you feel? If you were wicked and corrupt Herod, you would be far more than amazed. You would be afraid!

We will not meet Herod again in Mark’s Gospel. It’s left to Luke (23:6-12) to tell us that Pilate delivered Jesus to Herod, that Herod wanted to have Jesus do a miracle, but Jesus did not respond in word or deed. Herod was not worthy of further revelation since he had rejected the revelation he already had been given through John the Baptist. Jesus refused to be an exhibitionist of miracles to satisfy Herod’s curiosity or to save himself.

How do you answer the question, “Who is Jesus?” Your eternal destiny depends on your response.

A prayer of response
Lord Jesus, I confess You as Lord, Son of God, Messiah, Savior. You are everything to me. You forgive my sins; You give me salvation and purpose in life; You transform the way I think, talk, and act; You give me eternal life in heaven with You. I am so grateful.

GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

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