“But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.” Matthew 14:6 John the Baptist was not a mistake.
He did not miss his purpose, yet did not fulfil his destiny. Aside Christ Himself, John the Baptist was one of the most powerful men who lived on earth. He was born big but died small. He went to the grave before his time.
I pray for you; until your greatness manifests, death shall not know your address.
The graveyard will not swallow your potential in Jesus name. John’s birth was prophesied by the angel and he was full of the Holy Ghost even before his birth, yet, he died without fulfilment.
There are three people in the Bible whose births were prophesied by angels; Isaac, the second was Samson and then John.
According to the scriptures, we were told that John would come in the strength and power of Elijah. Little wonder that though his message was very hard on the people, yet they trooped in multitudes to listen to him. The prophecy on his life automatically conferred on him such status and power that cannot be undermined.
That he died the way he did obviously meant something went wrong.
“And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.”
Luke 1:41 John knew his purpose but did not fulfil it, because the enemy cut his life short. Death is the greatest enemy of purpose; everyone who carries destiny must keep close guard against untimely death.
If he came in the strength and power of Elijah, it means he was to be more powerful because the glory of the latter is always greater than that of the former. In contrast, in Elijah’s days, an army of fifties were sent about three times to arrest him, but were unable to.
He would not give in to death just like that knowing who he was and the God Who sent him.
“And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:17 This young lady simply danced so she could get the head of a great prophet.
There is a mystery in dancing; nobody dances without looking for something. God did not destine that John should die that way, this was the enemy’s strategy to make mockery of a great prophet of God. May your enemies not make mockery of you in Jesus name. …to be concluded in the next edition