16 soldiers. Armed, trained, and ready to kill in a moments notice.
SIXTEEN. Assigned to ONE man.
Think about the ramifications for a moment. What does it say?
Herrod was PETRIFIED of Peter. Fearful, challenged, worried, even dismayed.
Why? Peter had not been a murderer. Sure, he'd made his fair share of mistakes in life, but surely nothing to be feared. He was ONE man. A man who would share his food with you. Share peace, hope and love with you. Not because he had it, but because Jesus commanded it of him.
That is what terrified Herrod. Passion, determination and hope. Not in man but in God. It was something Herrod couldn't identify with and therefore it scared the living bejeebees out of him.
Can you imagine how we would be, what our lives would be like if we had even an ounce of that passion, determination and hope that Peter did? To spread the message of Jesus, the hope and the love. To not use Jesus, Christianity, God or The Bible to tell others how they are wrong. Instead, to show compassion. Kindness. Generosity.
There's a reason Jesus identified Peter as the rock of his church. Herrod saw it and was terrified of it. My prayer is that even in our "small" deeds, we do as Peter did, as Jesus commands.
To love and show love with such passion and determination that it gives others hope.