How John the Baptist Died

The Death of John the Baptist

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Matthew 14:1-12

Mark 6:14-29

Luke 9:7-9

Welcome to our Tell Me the Story of Jesus program. This is our heartbreaking yet awe inspiring ... The Death of John the Baptist story sharing a detailed timeline of the events which were taking place and explaining how John the Baptist died. The tear producing and yet hope filled message within the Death of John the Baptist story will truly enhance your Christian walk. We will be looking into this how John the Baptist died story together as to not miss any important facts.

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Picking up where we left off ... The John the Baptist story takes us to the palace of king Herod who was a proxy ruler of Israel under the true rule of the Roman Empire. It was a dark and dismal time period for the people of Israel but, something awesome was on its way.

First let's take a the Death of John the Baptist Story field trip and do a little background check on this King Herod. It is important to note that this was not the same Herod that sought to kill Jesus when He was an infant, because remember, the Angel of the Lord told Joseph to leave Egypt and go back to Israel because Herod was dead (Matthew 2:20). This particular Herod in our How John the Baptist died saga was the Roman teträrch of Galilee.

A teträrch is a governor of ¼ of a province. Herod's brother Philip was the teträrch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis.

Herod married his brother Philip's wife, Herodias, and John the Baptist told Herod that it wasn't right to have her. Herodias resented John and wanted to kill him, but Herod respected John and knew he was a holy and righteous man. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. Herod put John in prison for Herodias' sake, but he kept him protected from her because the people believed John was a prophet and he feared what the people would do if anything happened to him.

The king Herod had a birthday feast for himself and invited all his nobles of Galilee. During the celebration, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst of them all and it pleased Herod and his guests. He said to the girl, Ask whatever you want and I'll give it to you. And he sware to her with an oath, Whatever you ask, I'll give it to you, up to half of my kingdom. Now, earlier on, Herodias had advised her daughter what to ask for and she said to Herod, I wish that you give me at once in a charger (platter), the head of John the Baptist.

As we sojourn along in the Death of John the Baptist Story, sometimes you will wonder how evil people can stand to live with themselves. It is hard to comprehend the mindset of these people. At this point, Herod had a chance to stand up and say, this is wrong, just like John the Baptist did. John believed that defending honor was righteous, but Herod, swindled by Herodias, was too prideful to deny her daughter what he had promised, even though he knew it was wrong, and his fear was about to become a reality. Keep in mind in the Death of John the Baptist Story that Herod did not dislike John, he just let his wife deceive him.

Herod was greatly sorrowed, but because he gave his word in front of his friends and he didn't want to make a fool of himself, he wouldn't reject her and he ordered it to be done.

Here comes the answer to how John the Baptist died ... Immediately Herod commanded an executioner come and John was beheaded in the prison. The executioner brought back John's head in a charger and gave it to the girl who danced for Herod, and the girl gave it to her mother. Can you imagine the sight of this disgrace? John's disciples came and took John's body and buried it, and went and told Jesus what happened.

Continuing the Death of John the Baptist Story ... Afterwards, when Herod first heard of the fame of Jesus, he thought that John the Baptist had risen from the dead, because of the miracles that were done by Him. Other people said it was Elijah and others thought Jesus was a prophet or like a prophet. But when Herod heard their theories, he said, It's John whom I beheaded. He's risen from the dead. I bet he was very fearful for what he had done for the rest of his life. And then some.

Always keep in mind that the horrible events that you have read within the death of John the Baptist Story which showed us the evil and disgusting method of how John the Baptist died ... That these events were but one stepping stone to fulfill prophecy which would lead to your Salvation ... Jesus.

John the Baptist is in Paradise.


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