The Message John Lost His Head Over
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. As a whole, the world doesnÕt want the truth (John 3:19-21).
1. It is not a matter of skill regarding the teacher (John 6:59-71).
2. It is simply a fact that truth has almost always been unpopular (Jeremiah 5:30-31 and II Timothy 4:1-5).
B. Men who have loved others enough to teach them the truth (Proverbs 27:5) have often been mistreated (John 7:7 and Galatians 4:16).
1. Truth tellers have been violently abused (II Chronicles 24:20-21, Mark 10:33-34, and Acts 7:51-58).
2. Sinners often hate being told theyÕre wrong (Proverbs 9:7-8).
II. Body: Consider What John Did That Led To His Beheading (Matthew 14:1-13).
A. It was not lawful for Herod to have his brotherÕs wife (Romans 7:1-3).
1. Herod had married her (Mark 6:17-18).
2. He needed to repent (Luke 13:1-5).
a. Turn from sin (Acts 26:18-20).
b. If Herod remained in that marriage that would mean he and Herodias were committing adultery (Matthew 5:31-32 and Mark 10:11-12).
c. You cannot stay in an adulterous relationship and please God at the same time (Romans 13:9).
B. Rather than seek the truth, Herod imprisoned John (Luke 3:19-20).
1. John did the right thing in presenting the counsel of God on this matter (Acts 20:26-27).
2. John had the authority to teach something different (Luke 16:16) than what the Law of Moses taught (Deuteronomy 24:1-4).
3. JohnÕs goal in teaching was to get the Jews to repent and to prepare them for the kingdom of Christ (Matthew 3:1-12).
4. Yet, not everyone wanted JohnÕs message (Luke 7:28-30).
C. Unlawful divorce and remarriage has long been an issue of debate wherein some try to twist GodÕs will to justify adultery (Matthew 19:3-12).
1. The limitations on remarriage are simple (I Corinthians 7:10-11).
2. We will face the same discussions that Jesus and John faced today (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
3. The truth will not become more popular, so letÕs unwaveringly prepare for the consequences of teaching it (Proverbs 23:23 and Philippians 1:17).
4. LetÕs remember the necessity of adulterers being told their unscriptural marriages will cost them (Galatians 5:19-21 and Hebrews 13:4).
III. Conclusion: When we teach the truth we can expect a hateful response for no reason at all (John 15:18-25).
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