"Herod said...'But who is this man I'm hearing so much about?' So Herod kept trying to see Jesus." --Luke 9:9
In the gospel of Mark, chapters 6-8 describe Jesus’ almost celebrity status and how widely His “name had become well known.” (Mk 6:14) Everywhere Jesus traveled, he begged the question, “Who do you say that I am?” without even verbalizing it. Everyone was curious. Some people thought Jesus was the resurrected John the Baptist, while others argued that He was Elijah or even a prophet. Herod was puzzled by John the Baptist, yet “liked to listen to him” (6:20), and the Pharisees and Jews responded to Jesus the very same way. They criticized and challenged Him, but they were intrigued by His wise teachings and His authority over nature, disease, demons and even death itself. But Jesus constantly confronted them, saying, “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” (Mk 7:8) In His exposure of their hypocrisy, Jesus used the word “Corban” –the one and only time this word is used in scripture. He accused the Pharisees of exploiting the "things that were consecrated to God" (Corban) for their own selfish gain (7:11). The Pharisees’ revealed their obvious and final answer to Jesus’ implicit question of His identity. They denounced His deity and rebuked His authority. No longer inquisitive about Jesus, their curiosity ultimately led to His condemnation. Finally, Jesus spoke aloud to Peter the question that fueled the whispers of crowds and kings, “Who do you say that I am?”
Peter boldly confessed, “You are the Christ.” (Mk 8:29)
What about us? Does our curiosity about Jesus prompt us to discover Him more deeply, professing His reign over every area of our lives? Do we get comfortable in our status quo relationship with Him or do we feed our curiosity with prayer and perseverance in His Word? May our curiosity about Jesus make us hunger and thirst for Him. May our “Corban” be our hearts and our lives, given back to Him in trust, love and commitment.
“Let them give thanks to the Lord and His wonderful deeds for men, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” (Psalm 107:8-9)
Merciful Savior, make me curious about how much you desire to change me. Place an unquenchable thirst in my soul for you, and a hunger that only you can satisfy. Renew my heart with your abundant, joyous, Spirit-filled life. Amen.