Scripture reading: Luke 7:29–28
Key verse: Luke 7:22
Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
When you think of John the Baptist, you probably think first of his ministry by the Jordan River, calling people to repentance and faith in the coming Messiah.
Have you ever considered what happened to John after that time? He almost disappeared from the scene, except for the passage in Mark’s gospel that described his death. King Herod had become angry over some of John’s remarks about Herod’s unlawful wife, Herodias, so Herod had John arrested. He languished in prison for a time, until the fateful night of Herod’s birthday banquet. Herodias’s daughter performed a special dance for the king, and in return Herod swore an oath to give her whatever she wanted.
When she finished dancing, she asked Herod (at her mother’s suggestion) for John the Baptist’s head on a platter. Afraid to back down in front of his guests, Herod had John beheaded.
John never got to see the fullness of Jesus’ ministry. His part in it came at the very beginning, when Jesus presented Himself as the Messiah for baptism. How do you think John felt in prison, knowing he would probably die? No wonder he asked for Jesus’ assurance as he awaited his sentence (Luke 7:19–28).
God’s promises are true forever, and He wants you to trust Him for tomorrow—no matter what.
O Lord, Your promises are true forever. Help me to trust You for tomorrow—no matter what.