“And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad; for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things o him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.” (Luke 23:8/KJV).
Herod was one of the rulers descending from Herod the Great. As a representative of the Roman system, he was the ruler in charge of Galilee. When Jesus was on trial before Pilate, he was also sent to be interrogated by King Herod.
At that time Herod also stayed at Jerusalem. The chief priests and the scribes who had brought Jesus before Pilate were present too. They of course eagerly accused Jesus.
At least in one sense Herod was doing a good job as a judge: He did not automatically follow the design of the accusers. The people present could learn something about Herod’s own thoughts and attitudes concerning Jesus. In other words Herod was somewhat independent of what others said.
Herod had heard many things about Jesus. Somehow he must have felt that Jesus was an interesting phenomenon.
Now he had the chance to see Jesus with his own eyes and to ask him questions. Luke intimates that Herod had some personal interest in Jesus besides the matters of interrogation.
Herod hoped to see some miracle of Jesus. Many reports he had heard had made him curious. Wasn’t it a pleasant roundup for his Passover holiday at Jerusalem that now this special type of Rabbi was brought before him?
As he was a king he did not need to buy a ticket for the Jesus miracle show. Of course Jesus was not in the habit of making money with miracle shows. Neither was he kind of a circus artist or trickster.
Herod asked Jesus many questions. Yet Jesus did not answer him a word. Nor did Jesus perform any miracle.
Only the chief priests noised their accusations. Finally, Herod had Jesus humiliated and sent back to Pilate.
This is meant to be another post about ‘hope’. Here we find the same Greek word (though in another tense) as in 1 Corinthians 13.7c.
Herod had an opportunity. He had Jesus brought before him and he hoped to see some miracle of Jesus.
Of course this hope did not come true. In fact Jesus did not even care to answer Herod’s questions.
Sometimes we entertain vague hopes. In Herod’s case this hope was somewhat beside the point as Jesus was on trial before him.Even a miracle would not have calmed the accusations of the religious Jews.