“In Defense Of Truth!”(Mk.14-20).
A funny and popular expression says, “Let my enemies live long to see what I will be in future.” What exactly do you want to be in future? And what is so peculiar about it? Do you even know what that future is going to look like?
The likes of Shakespeare are not gathering fame because they lived long. Yet, their likes are household names to those who know.
“Even in the grave Jesus is Lord.” Even in the grave John the Baptist was still a terror to Herod the tetrarch. I would not pray for my enemies to live long to see what I become in future. Rather, I will pray for them to carry a guilty conscience until their own traveling days are done.
Herod the tetrarch personally supervised the beheading of John the Baptist. He knew that John was cold in his grave. Yet when Jesus was creating shockwaves and recording his name in the hall of fame amidst mistaken identities, Herod the tetrarch in his hallucination said, “John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead.”
When you impact lives positively, even in death your memory will live on among the living. And to your enemies such memories will be nightmarish.
Being prophetically blunt may attract the wrath of haters and precipitate your early death, but truth prevails.
Herod was a coward who caved in to the evil machinations of an evil wife Herodias. Herodias was the wife of Philip, Herod’s brother. John was against the marriage and he kept castigating Herod for that. He kept telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias hated John’s guts and wanted to kill him. “But she was not able to.” You know why?
“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.”
Dear men, be wary of “petit coat government!” As important as women are in our lives, think twice before acting to please your wife against your better judgement! Do not be cowardly to kill a man whose ghost will haunt you all your life.
It is honourable to be a John the Baptist and die for a noble cause than to be a Herod and let your cowardly action haunt you all your life.
And you dear woman, do not harbour such venom in you to plot the death of an innocent person because he spoke truth to your face! Rather, listen to the prophetic voice and do the right thing before God and man.
Prayer: Holy Spirit enable me to hold on to the prophetic voice; not withstanding the threat of adversaries. Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!
Rev Babila Fochang.
“Arm Yourself With The Same Attitude Of Suffering In The Body…!”(I Pt.4:1-6).The emphasis of “Joy to the world…” at Christmas more often than not multiply