Click here to listen
1. A Scandalous Messenger: Jesus Christ was mistaken for John the Baptist.
Mark 6:16 But when Herod heard of it, he kept saying, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen!”
2. A Scandalous Message: John the Baptist spoke the truth. The truth is scandalous to those living in sin.
3. A Scandalous Reality: The Gospel promises only one happy ending…not two.
Mark 6:21 A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his lords and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee; 22 and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.” 23 And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you; up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And although the king was very sorry, yet because of his oaths and because of his dinner guests, he was unwilling to refuse her. 27 Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and had him beheaded in the prison, 28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.
- Evil people may plot against you.
- Sympathetic people may abandon you.
- Your flesh may fail you.
- God may select you.
- Death shall greet you.
- But the grave shall not hold you!