By Quin Hillyer at PJ Media;
…. Let’s take a moment… to honor the remarkable figure of the Baptist – who was, after all, the first man ever martyred for, in effect, his service and testimony to Christ….
John surely knew not only that he was soon to be eclipsed by Jesus, but also that he risked having his very life snuffed out. He knew that what he preached was a message considered dangerous by the authorities – and he knew that despite the crowds who followed him, he remained very singular, and in crucial respects very much alone.
Let us ponder, then, and honor, the courage required of one who is a voice in the wilderness. Let us consider the stifling and frightening loneliness of being the one person carrying a message detested by those in power of one sort or another….
Though he surely knew the sickening perversity that he would be punished for bearing good news, he did at least, nonetheless, know that his news was that of hope and joy. That knowledge, at least, was surely of comfort. That knowledge surely sustained him….
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