Summary: Don’t be defeated because a miracle hasn’t come yet.

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Are You He That Should Come?

Matthew 11

There are 2 people that are noted as being foreordained/predestined in the OT to come in the NT. One obviously was Jesus, and the other was John the Baptist. It is interesting to see the correlation between these 2 men, as Luke says they were kin folks (cousins). John was not supernaturally conceived as Jesus was, but it did take a supernatural miracle for him to be born, as his father Zechariah and his mother Elizabeth were already getting old in years, and were way beyond their natural biological timeclock. But God had a plan of how he was going to use John the Baptist. For, he was called to be the forerunner of the Messiah. Listen to the words of Matt. 3 READ QUOTE.

John came in the spirit of Elijah, and had many of his same character traits. He was very straight forward in his proclamation, and didn’t get along well with dignitaries, which would end up sealing his fate of being beheaded.

In Mark 6, Bible says that Herod had ordered for John to be arrested, and had him tied up and put in prison. Herod did this because of Herodias, whom he had married, even though she was the wife of his brother Philip. John began to condemn the fact that King Herod Antipas married his brother’s wife. So Herodias held a grudge against John and wanted to kill him but she couldn’t because her husband Herod wouldn’t let it happen. Herod was afraid of John because he knew he was a good and holy man, and so he kept him safe. Herod liked to listen to John, even though he became greatly disturbed every time he heard him. But one day Herodias got her chance. It was on Herod’s birthday, when he gave a feast for all the top government officials, the military chiefs, and the leading citizens of Galilee. Salome, Herodias’ daughter came in and danced, and pleased Herod and his guests. So the king said to the girl, “What would you like to have? I will give you anything you want”. He kept saying to her again and again “I promise that I will give you anything you ask for, even so much as half of my kingdom”. So Salome went and asked her momma what she should ask for, and Herodias responded to ask for the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter. This made the king very sad, but he could not refuse her because of the vows/promises he had made in front of all his guests. So he sent off a guard at once with orders to bring John’s head to them. The guard left, went to the prison, and cut John’s head off; then he brought it on a plate and gave it to the girl, who gave it to her mother.

You have to understand that the ministry of John Baptists was unparalleled to anyone else in history. Jesus even said that among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John Baptist. He was a mighty man of God, filled with the spirit in his mother’s womb. He preached repentance, and people did. He baptized the very living son of God! Surely a man of this stature would’ve been given a long, luxurious ministry with a peaceful retirement. But not so; he would be imprisoned and executed for his service to God.

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