It’s a Wacky World, 07MAR – #536

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It’s a Wacky World, 07MAR

Jesus lived in corrupt times… often people are very distraught that we live in corrupt times… we do and He did… life on earth is a work in progress…

John the Baptist, extremely important foreteller of Jesus, was beheaded because of a wacky world of corruption (Mark 6:14-29). He was beheaded by Herod who actually was intrigued by him… and he was beheaded because of Herod Antipas’ off-hand promise, made during a banquet with his wacky, corrupt family – a situation detailed by Mark and explained by Michael Card in his book elaboration of this “Gospel of Passion”…

Michael tells us that gospel writer Mark may have detailed the story for his readers about this impulsive evil mindless behavior of that ruler Herod because the readers were living in a time of Nero’s also brutal rule… it was re-confirming that evil is real, the world was wacky “in the olden times too” – but urging them to keep the faith – the need for Jesus’s hope was real then – the need for Jesus’s hope is real now…

Jesus lived as an example in corrupt times, and so can we…

Jesus was so distraught over the immediate senseless acts, and died for the long term evil influences of the world… He knew we live in a sea of evil influences – we need to keep swimming towards Jesus’s hand… and we can ask for the cleanse of His salvation.  We can grasp the hope others show too, they are living side by side with us on missions here and now.

To swim thru the wackiness of life, we must try to focus on a mission, be the good, do the right thing, show sacrifice for His mission…

And we need to tell redemption stories… explain where good triumphed over evil… spread the good news that we have the hope in Jesus to live now and forever… that we look for the path and so can they… we all can follow where Jesus lights the light…

Jesus had to forge His way thru a dark world filled with problems, ignorance, strife… He left not just breadcrumbs of a trail to lead us all home but he left the whole loaf of His existence for us to find, learn, acknowledge and emulate… His disciples like Mark took time to reach… so should we… our world work is our mission,  planting seeds, leaving more breadcrumb trails…

To follow Jesus out of the World has to start with our search for Him thru it first…

Keep the faith…

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John the Baptist Beheaded

14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

15 Others said, “He is Elijah.”

And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”

16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!”

17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, 20 because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.

21 Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.

The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.” 23 And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”

24 She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?”

“The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.

25 At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”

26 The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28 and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 29 On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

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