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Who Killed John the Baptist?

Please don’t offer the easy answer! It is important to look intently into this incident and consider the role played by each person involved and then draw a life conclusion.

“Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, “John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.”
Others said, “It is Elijah.”
And others said, “It is the Prophet, or like one of the prophets.”
But when Herod heard, he said, “This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!” For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her. Because John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not; for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
Then an opportune day came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast for his nobles, the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee. And when Herodias’ daughter herself came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said to the girl, “Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” He also swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”
So she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?”
And she said, “The head of John the Baptist!”
Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”
And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard of it, they came and took away his corpse and laid it in a tomb.” Mark 6:14-29 (NKJV)

Who Killed John the Baptist?
-Herodias wanted to kill John the Baptist.
-Herodias told the daughter to ask for the head of John the Baptist.
-Herod’s Daughter requested for the head of John the Baptist.
-Herod wanted to please his guests, his wife and his daughter.
-Herod gave the command to kill John.
-Executioner killed John the Baptist.

From the above scripture, Herod claimed responsibility for the death of John. The guilt of that wrongdoing followed him from the time it happened till death and definitely it will come up against him on the judgement day.

What part do you play in the events of your life and in issues concerning other people? We will all give account of all our actions before God. Many people, including some preachers, live as if life ends here on earth. I want to remind us of some scriptures lest we forget.
“And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:10-11 (NKJV)
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” 1 Cor.15:19 (NKJV)

Pleasing people rather than God is in vogue; it is seen as the “ticket to the heights” but beware, “it could become one too many.”

John the Baptist lost his life to men pleasers. None of the people involved can be exonerated. Herod abused his authority and the daughter abused her privilege. The bitterness of Herodias was murderous. She crowned her adulterous life with murder. (She could not tolerate John the Baptist for saying the truth.) Our jobs will not be accepted as an excuse for meddling with bad things. You have a choice!

Whatever your conclusions are on this, it is okay; however, it is one of those things to account for some day.

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The Prayer of Faith

Faith is the most important aspect of our lives as believers. Heb.11:6, says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (NIV). The prayer of faith is the prayer of an absolute trust in God. Absolute “abandonment”  in the hand of God, because you are persuaded:

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  1. That God loves you in a personal way
  2. That God is all powerful and able to meet your needs
  3. That God’s promises are true and trustworthy
  4. That God is faithful and dependable
  5. That God is good and will not deny his word

Prayer of Faith is not just about the length of time or passion in prayer as much as it is about trust in God’s faithfulness. It is important to spend quality time in prayers often; however, doing so without a comprehensive active faith in God makes praying a frustrating experience. Heb.11:1, says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (NIV).  

You can build your faith in God through:

  • Studying of the word
  • Meditation in the word
  • Obedience to the word
  • Believing the word
  • Taking action on the word
  • Focusing on God all through a faith thrust
  • Praising God for everything (big or small)
  • Believing that God is Holy

Faith is not about seeing the things you asked for before you know you’ve got it. It is about knowing that you’ve got it because you have asked God for it; and you have asked according to his promises. (You have asked for what you need – Phil. 4:19.)

We miss it when we become agitated, worried and fretting about our needs. Most times people never care about some of their needs until they are in the “worry zone”. There are issues that just take us unawares and get us panicky but it is important that at such times we must resolve to turn them over to the Lord and hold on to his promises and integrity.

In the prayer of faith, you do your part and allow God to do his part. You never worry that God might act too late. You believe that he makes all things beautiful in their time. God never fails.

After the prayer, you thank God for answered prayer and go away rejoicing.

In the prayer of faith you don’t go to God on your own terms; you don’t approach him on your “righteousness”. You go to him through Jesus Christ. You trust in his love and care. You believe in his faithfulness without wavering.

God said in Jer. 32:27, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (NKJV)

People are sometimes tempted to believe that their goodness is what will move God. (That thinking comes from Old Testament mentality – The New Testament is based on Jesus’ finished work)

There are people who think that fasting or a certain length of time spent in prayer is the most important thing in prayer. The Bible did not say so. We can pray and fast as much as we wish, but we always prevail through faith, as we pray. That is the way to do it.

People of faith

Heb. 11, lists people who lived by faith; trusting God at various times for various things. They were not disappointed.

You too can be part of them.

*Some important scriptures that will aid understanding are James 5:13-15; Heb. 10:22-23; James 1:5-7; Heb.11:6. Please take some time to read them.

 

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