Why do people fall out of relationship?
Luke 23: 8-12
8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.
Why is there so much fighting?
Why are there so many arguments?
Why such unkindness?
Why do people walk away from each other slandering their names?
Why do people write complaints?
Why so much hurt and division?
Why is there abuse from those who carry power?
Why do friends break up?
Why do those who used to walk with one another now ignore each other?
Why are there plans to bring one another down?
This passage shows us the reason.
It is because Jesus is not there.
When Jesus is brought to Herod, sent by Pilate, Luke is keen to remind us of something amazing that happened.
Herod and Pilate hated one another.
The Lord of lords is standing before a lord of this world and in his silence and the journey of the cross something remarkable happens. Luke tells us that two enemies became friends.
Luke will later write of how there is no division in the kingdom between Jew and Gentile. But here he is in his gospel telling everyone that the shadow of the cross has a powerful effect of reconciliation. How much more so for those who bend their knee at the foot of the cross? How much more for those who surrender their lives and allow the power of the cross to change them? How much more for those who truly receive salvation through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross? How much more for the Church? How much more for the family of God? How much more for us?
Under the shadow of the cross it is really difficult to have enemies.
So the answer remains to my many why questions.
It is because Jesus is not there. It is because there is no shadow of the cross because the distance from the cross is too large.
Come near to the cross and miracles of relationship happen.