The love of God costs.
Mark 6: 17 “ For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married.”
John the Baptist had found a way into the centre of the royal family. God had made that way possible. It was actually God’s mission, John may not have even thought of it. The way was made possible because he had been arrested and placed into jail. It was from there that he was regularly being called by Herod to speak to him and to witness and every time he would remind him that his marriage to Herodias was unlawful according the to the law of God. Because of this Herodias wanted him killed.
Can God place a servant into a place of difficulty for the gospel? Could He get that man arrested and put into prison so that the royal house could hear the gospel? Could He take all of the man’s freedoms and ambitions, dreams and hopes away? Could He give that man an uncertain future or even a certain future of death? Could He? Would He do that?
Yes if He found a willing servant.
Yes if He found a messenger who so believed in the coming King of Kings he cared nothing for his or this life.
Yes if that man had a burning passion for Jesus.
Yes because the love of God for this world is worth dying for.
So often we hear people praying for God to come, but if He comes, will He find any John the Baptists?
We want the gospel to get into the most difficult of places, but if God wants that, will He find a servant to take the message there?
We want revival. But will we pay the high price for it?