When John the Baptist criticized the ruler Herod the Tetrarch, John was imprisoned and later beheaded. Did Herod win?
John Chrysostom (347-407 AD) urges us to think carefully, from a Christian perspective: “What occurred was not a death, but a crown, not an end but the beginning of a greater life.” John the Baptist is with Christ in Paradise, and is greatly honored for courage and faith. He suffered, but not _lasting_ harm.
Herod, on the other hand, is loathed for his cruelty and injustice. He died a terrible death and awaits final judgment from God.
The experiences of John and Herod demonstrate Chrysostom’s teaching about suffering: No lasting harm can come to those who don’t harm themselves (by wrong choices.) Wait for the Final Outcome.
Coffee/tea thought: Am I troubled about suffering, evil in the world? May I allow God’s Spirit to transform the way I think (Rom. 12.2) and trust and honor _Him_ as I wait for the final outcome.
January 27th, 2020
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