MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2010HEROD AND JESUS (SECURITY)
Herod the Great built a series of palace
fortresses that were designed to give him safe asylum if forced to flee the
country to his homeland of Idumea (a sign of his desire for security).
Indicative of his heart, he saw security in his fortresses and locked doors,
keeping others out.
In the end, Herod died insecure.
Jesus offered an alternative to the lock
of pride and the unrestoration of harshness. He was humble and gentle (Matthew
11:29). He was a liberator who authoritatively freed people, healed them, gave
them life, and access to a different kind of power. He searched out others,
moving toward them in relationship to uncover the love of the Father in them.
Contrastingly, Jesus died secure,
satisfied in the Restorer's truth, offering that security to others including
the repentant thief on the cross: "Jesus answered him, 'I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in
paradise'" (Luke 23:43).
Discover your security in the truth of God in Christ.