10 сентября 2013 г.

11 September - The Beheading of St. John the Baptist


The preaching of John the Baptist was of short duration. Having prepared people to receive the Saviour, he ended his life with a martyr’s death. Soon after the baptism of the Lord, John was put in prison by the Galilean King Herod. This Galilean King, Herod Antipas, was the son of Herod the Great, who slaughtered the fourteen thousand Bethlehem infants.
John upbraided King Herod because he had married his brother Philip’s wife, Herodias, even though his brother was still alive. Herodias became embittered against for this and wanted Herod to kill him. But Herod would not agree to this because he considered John to be a great prophet and feared the people. However, to appease her, he put John in prison. Herodias was not satisfied with this, especially as Herod himself listened with pleasure to the admonitions of John and often acted on his words.

About a year passed after the Forerunner’s imprisonment, when Herod celebrating his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers, and officers, and a thousand leading men of Galilee. Salome, the daughter of Herodias and stepdaughter of Herod, also came to this banquet. She danced for Herod, which pleased him and his guests.
Herod said to her, "Ask me for whatever you wish," and he swore he would have given her even half of his kingdom.
She went and asked her mother, "What shall I ask for?"
Herodias answered, "The head of John the Baptist."
Salome with haste returned to Herod and said, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
Herod was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests, he did not want to break his word to her, and sent a soldier to the prison to cut off the head of John. The soldier fulfilled the order of the king, brought the head of John the Baptist on a platter and gave it to Salome, and Salome gave it to her mother Herodias.
When his disciples heard of the death of John the Baptist, they came, and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.
The day of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist is commemorated by the Holy Orthodox Church on the 29th of August (11 September NS) and is called theBeheading of John the Baptist. A strict fast is prescribed on this day in order to remind us of the strict life of St. John the Baptist for which he was blessed by God and to avoid the excesses of Herod which led to such a terrible sin. The Holy Church teaches that St. John the Forerunner is the greatest of all saints after the Mother of God.
Source

2 комментария:

  1. WE BELIEVE JOHN'S BAPTISM
    Why do most believers in Christ accept what God said about the purpose of John the Baptist's baptism, but reject what God said about the purpose of Christian baptism?

    JOHN'S BAPTISM & CHRISTIAN BAPTISM

    Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God's purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John.

    Most believers accept this as fact. Quakers and the Church of the Salvation Army reject Christian water baptism. If the Pharisees rejected God's purpose my not being baptized by John, what will be the fate of the men today who are not baptized with Christian baptism or reject its purpose?

    Mart 1:4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

    Men do not deny that John the Baptist baptize for (in order to) the forgiveness of sins, however, they reject Christian baptism outright or deny it is for (in order to) the remission of sins.

    Luke 3:3,7 And he came into all the district around Jordan,preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins; 7 So he began saying to the crowds who were going out to be
    baptized by him, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

    Most men agree that these men were fleeing, the wrath to come, by being baptized by John for the forgiveness of their sins. Men today do not believe that men can flee from the wrath to come by being baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.

    Why would men believe God when He talks about the baptism of John, but doubt God when He refers to the purpose of Christian baptism?

    Act 19:4 Paul said "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.

    Most "Faith Only" believers agree that John baptized with the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, and then the people subsequently believed in Jesus.

    Most "FAITH ONLY" believers deny that Peter and the apostles preached Jesus and then told the believers to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. (Acts 2:22-41)


    THE QUESTION REMAINS WHY WOULD BELIEVERS IN CHRIST ACCEPT GOD'S WORD CONCERNING THE BAPTISM OF JOHN, BUT DENY CHRISTIAN BAPTISM? (JOHN'S BAPTISM IS NOT VALID TODAY)

    WHY DO "FAITH ONLY" BELIEVERS REJECT GOD'S VIEW ABOUT CHRISTIAN BAPTISM?

    CHRISTIAN BAPTISM: Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Acts22:16, 1 Peter3:21.Colossians 2:12-13



    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

    ОтветитьУдалить
    Ответы
    1. Thank you so much for your kind commentary. I'm glad you visited my blog. It's for my students first of all who study English, but i always publish the most popular christian (orthodox) festivities with some information. I watched your blog, thank you!

      Удалить

Когда нет слов...

:) :( ;) :D :-/ :x :P :-* =(( :-O X( :7 B-) #:-S :(( :)) =)) :-B :-c :)] ~X( :-h I-) =D7 @-) :-w 7:P 2):) :!! \m/ :-q :-bd ^#(^