“When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.”
This passage tells one of the saddest stories in Mark. The sad part of this passage is not that John was beheaded, but rather that Herod stood for nothing.
John’s boldness fascinated Herod. I can imagine that John was probably the only person in Herod’s life who ever stood up to him.
But tragically, Herod fell into his wife’s hateful trap and, rather than own up to a mistake and stand on principle…he was far more concerned about saving face before his guests. This is why he ordered that John be executed.
Like Herod, if we don’t stand for something, we will be like candles in the wind, blowing in whichever direction those around us dictate.
Dear God, remind me of who I am in You, and let me never turn my back on You and what You stand for just to save face. Amen.
Excerpted from Reframemedia