Author Topic: The Desire of Ages--22--Imprisonment and Death of John  (Read 8692 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Richard Myers

  • Servant
  • Posts: 41221
  • A glorious sunset teaches of trust and faith.....
    • The Remnant Online
Re: The Desire of Ages--22--Imprisonment and Death of John
« Reply #60 on: May 25, 2020, 06:16:06 AM »
Amen Sister Dorine!! What a blessing to share Jesus with those who want to hear.

What is the most weighty trust and highest honor God can give to you and me? This chapter illustrates this in the life and suffering of John the Baptist.

  To many minds a deep mystery surrounds the fate of John the Baptist. They question why he should have been left to languish and die in prison. The mystery of this dark providence our human vision cannot penetrate; but it can never shake our confidence in God when we remember that John was but a sharer in the sufferings of Christ. All who follow Christ will wear the crown of sacrifice. They will surely be misunderstood by selfish men, and will be made a mark for the fierce assaults of Satan. It is this principle of self-sacrifice that his kingdom is established to destroy, and he will war against it wherever manifested.


Have you experienced this? If so, look up for your redemption draweth nigh.

As Brother Beacon has shared:

God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning, and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him. Not Enoch, who was translated to heaven, not Elijah, who ascended in a chariot of fire, was greater or more honored than John the Baptist, who perished alone in the dungeon. "Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake." Philippians 1:29. And of all the gifts that Heaven can bestow upon men, fellowship with Christ in His sufferings is the most weighty trust and the highest honor.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

Pastor Sean Brizendine

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 1777
  • Following the Lamb
Re: The Desire of Ages--22--Imprisonment and Death of John
« Reply #61 on: May 25, 2020, 10:18:15 AM »
Amen, Brother Beacon, Sister Dorine, and Brother Richard! What unity we find in beholding the loveliness of Jesus and surrendering our whole heart to Him!

When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him by union and communion with Him in constant prayer, meditation upon His word, and sharing what Christ has done and is doing for us accompanied by the living witness of the Holy Spirit who manifests through us all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing, we not only obey the law of God from a heart and mind renewed by divine grace, but we also consider it a privilege to suffer for the sake of Christ and to be led in the specific path His providence assigns us!

"God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning, and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him. Not Enoch, who was translated to heaven, not Elijah, who ascended in a chariot of fire, was greater or more honored than John the Baptist, who perished alone in the dungeon. 'Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.' Philippians 1:29. And of all the gifts that Heaven can bestow upon men, fellowship with Christ in His sufferings is the most weighty trust and the highest honor." {The Desire of Ages, page 224, paragraph 5}

Those who will be martyred right before Jesus comes and suffer deeply, those who will go through fierce and fiery persecution because they refuse to renounce the pure faith of the Bible and violate the fourth commandment enjoining worship and rest on the seventh day Sabbath, and those who will live through the time of Jacob's trouble and be translated without seeing death will all know the joy of fellowship with Christ in suffering by a personal experience. Today we face trials that God allows for our good in the development of character and the opportunity to be a living witness of His grace in every situation. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). Strength is always available in every situation through the only way to remain uncontaminated by the world, the flesh and the devil in each temptation: total surrender of the heart to "the Way" (John 14:6), Christ Jesus!

Every blessing is a trial, for it is a test as to whether we will use it for the glory of God; every trial is a blessing, for in the unique experience gained in that time, the Holy Spirit desires to teach us precious lessons of trust and obedience that better prepare us for greater trials to come. We need not fear for the future if we choose to keep our eyes steadfastly upon Jesus Christ and Him crucified, "who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2). This very experience--the faith of Jesus--He offers us today as we surrender unreservedly to His will being wrought out in our lives!
"When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing." {The Desire of Ages, 676.4}