From Matthew 14:1-12
John the Baptist was God’s messenger who prepared the way for Jesus. He was totally in tune with God, he was doing God’s purpose, yet he didn’t live a comfortable life, and was ultimately jailed and executed.
John was jailed and beheaded by order of Herod the Tetrarch because John had called out Herod for marrying his brother’s wife, Herodias. Herodias’ daughter danced for Herod, and because it pleased him, he promised to grant her request. Herodias prompted her daughter to ask for John’s head on a platter.
John doesn’t even get executed because of his association of Jesus, he gets executed because he called out someone’s sin. In other words, he didn’t die because of a noble purpose, he died because of hatred and someone’s desire to cover up their sin, which makes his death even more tragic.
On top of that, Jesus didn’t lift a finger to save John, who was even his relative. He just received news of John’s execution from his disciples.
Why did God allow all of this to happen? Actually what happened to John the Baptist was nothing compared to what happened to Jesus, and actually may have been a hint as to what will happen to Jesus.
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