2017-11-11 - Grief
Matthew 14:12-13 --John's disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus. When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.
Matthew gives us the account of John the Baptist's death. John had criticized Herod, who ruled the region of Galilee, for his affair with his brother's wife, Herodias. As a result, John the Baptist was arrested and imprisoned. Herod kept John alive until he was enticed into making a promise to Herodias' daughter. This deception led to John's death. John's disciples buried the body and went to tell Jesus about John's death. What did Jesus do? Matthew tells us "He withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place."
Jesus went to a quiet place. Jesus needed to be alone, to grieve the loss of John, who had prepared the way for Jesus' ministry. Jesus, who was busy with preaching, teaching, and healing, needed to get away and mourn John. How do we handle losses in our lives? Do we try to stay busy? Do we seek comfort from others? Jesus showed us that it is okay to take time to grieve in private. As a result, we are able to help others who have suffered bad news, too.
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted