rewards of a prophet

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Upon looking to my right at my church calendar I notice today is the commemoration of the beheading of John the Baptist. This is a rather shocking event really. Wasn’t John, next to Jesus, the most important person in the New Testament, filled with the Spirit, called by God before his birth, the first to recognize Jesus while both were still in the womb?

Where was God’s defense? Where was the blessings of one who preaches Truth? Where was the honor and privilege and joy? Though commended for his faith did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that he would not, apart from us, be made perfect. He saw the beginnings of that which he prophesied, a gift not given to other prophets. Even still he doubted and was confused. Yet he had faith. He asked and was answered and so died in perfect belief, not realizing it all would become even less clear before the truth of his message would truly find fulfilment.

He played his part. He spoke according to the Spirit. He was the forerunner and is honored accordingly, not because he received great blessings, but because he was a blessing to God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Decapitation by Caravaggio

This isn’t the end one would except from such a one as John the B. Of course, the key bit is the fact this isn’t his end. Sure, he was beheaded and all. But, it’s what comes after even that which proves the measure of Christ’s gift to John, and to us all.

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