Today is the twentieth day of the Lent season. We are half way through the 40 days of Lent lessons. The story today is about the beheading of John the Baptist. John was beheaded during the beginning of Jesus' third year in ministry. Most scholars call this THE YEAR OF OPPOSITION. Trouble started because the Rabbis were very concerned about the growing popularity of Jesus. They did not like the teachings of Jesus, nor did they like that Jesus was calling Himself the Messiah. So the Rabbis wanted to put an end to Jesus and His ministry. The story of John the Baptist beheading is also found in Mark 6:6-13.
Almighty and everlasting God, Thank you for this time of year that we remember what Jesus did for us so that we can become Your children, and live with you forever in heaven. Help us to learn more about You and Your Son from Your Word, the Bible. And help us to learn to say NO to sins and YES to obeying your commandments and spending more time with you. Thank you for being the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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13 "Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."
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A coloring picture of John the Baptist
Picture of John the Baptist from A Journey With Jesus
The Old Testament and Gospel Bible Text is from NIV and copied from Bible Gateway.com