Strange Alliance” Luke 13:31-35
“Remember: you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
On Ash Wednesdaymany of us heard those words as the ashes of the palm branches were placed on our forehead. But thanks be to God, dust is not our destiny. Our destiny is to be in the Kingdom of God, forever as Jesus knew when he was warned by the Pharisees that Herod wanted to kill Him. That is correct, the Pharisees, almost always the enemies of Jesus, warned Him. Jesus wasn’t fazed. He announced that He must go to Jerusalem to die and to arise from the tomb. With Him our destiny is not dust. As Paul writes, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57Remember we are dust but buried with Christ we are raised with Him and live in His Kingdom now and forever.
Life Received, Life Together, Life Giving- John 10:10
Question: Who was Herod Antipas?
Answer: Herod Antipas, (born 21 bc—died ad 39), son of Herod I the Great who became tetrarch of Galilee and ruled throughout Jesus of Nazareth’s ministry. Jesus referred to him with contempt as “that fox.” He divorced his Nabataean wife, the daughter of Aretas IV, king of the desert kingdom adjoining his own, to marry Herodias, formerly the wife of his half brother. When John the Baptist reproached Herod for this marriage, Herodias goaded her husband into imprisoning him. Later she convinced her daughter, Salome, to ask for the Baptist’s head in return for dancing at Herod’s birthday feast. Antipas reluctantly beheaded John, and later, when Jesus’ miracles were reported to him, he wondered ifJohn the Baptist had been resurrected.