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42: The Death of John the Baptist

May 14, 2009

Major Text: Mark 6:14-29

Harmony Texts:

Matt. 14:1-2      Mark 6:14-16      Luke 9:7-9
Matt 14:3-12     Mark 6:17-29

Outline:

  1. Popular Talk Mark 6:14-16
  2. John is Imprisoned Mark 6:17-23
  3. John is Killed Mark 6:24-28
  4. John is Buried

Context/Discussion/Applications:

Jesus’ popularity has grown to the extent that rumors abound, particularly where Jesus has not spent a great deal of time teaching and ministering. But the word is getting around that He is a great miracle worker. It is easier for the people to believe/propose that Jesus is John the Baptist, Elijah, or another prophet, all of which would have been raised from the dead. Last on their radar screen is that Jesus is the Incarnate Son of God, the Messiah, the one they have been expecting. Even Herod gets into the act of speculating about Jesus. He knows John personally to be a righteous and holy man so he could understand that God would want to revive him. Herod had John killed even though he didn’t want to do it. So was John back to torment him for his sin?

The scripture here is a flashback of what had happened some time earlier. It is in the chronology here because the discussion about who Jesus was took place about this time in Jesus’ ministry. We are all familiar with the story so I will let you read it instead of trying to condense it further.

Lessons/Applications:

  1. Our message concerning the Gospel must be clear. We minister in the name of Jesus; no other. By Grace are we saved through faith in Christ Jesus who died for our sin that we might live with Him forever.
  2. Be bold in proclaiming the truth. John was. What we stand for, what we believe, lives on in the minds of others. Our influence is beyond the grave.
  3. Our bodies die but we, who believe, live on with Him. Life is short but eternity is forever.

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