Matthew 14:1–12 (ESV)
The Death of John the Baptist
14 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, 2 and
he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for
the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 4 because John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5 And though he wanted to put him to death,
he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. 6 But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, 7 so that he promised
with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” 9 And the king was sorry, but because
of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given. 10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to
her mother. 12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus.
Throughout history, wicked earthly rulers have attacked Christ and His kingdom (cf 2:16–18). But
their rage is in vain (Ps 2:1–2). Believers might at times be concerned about the outcome of this warfare between God and Satan, but have no fear. Christ has won the victory (1Co 15:57).
I pray: Lord Jesus, when I fear the
might of those who oppose Your kingdom, comfort me with the knowledge that You live and rule eternally. Amen.