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"And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison." —
Matt. 14 : 10.

"And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison." —
Matt. 14 : 10.

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Published by: glennpease on Mar 17, 2014
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HOW TO DIE. BY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D., "And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison." — Matt. 14 : 10. BE y e also ready," says Jesus, " for at such -¦ time as ye think not the Son of Man cometh." How truly these words describe the departure of God's great reformer. The day dawned as usual, but soon was made bois-terous by the festivities of Herod's birthday feast. Perhaps John could hear much of the outer activity, and knew well it meant a day of feasting and joy at the court. Certainly, there were no indications that it was to be, too, the great day of his passage into the realms of glory. Herod goes to his friends, and John stays with his God. The wild, licen-tious revelry goes on in the palace, the sacred communings in the prison. Suddenly John hears the tramp of soldiers, the clangor of ar-mor ; the door opens, the executioner stands
"MORE THAN A PROPHET." 235 before him and tells his errand. Silently the deep hush falls, and God in sacred love veils a scene we may not know until we stand with the great forerunner on the hills of Zion. One thing we do know : quick and perhaps painless was the passage of this mighty soul into glory. Let us contrast this death with the ascen-sion of his great prototype, " Elijah the Tish-bite." Both men had met the armies of wickedness with brows of brass and nerves of steel ; both swept on in that grand, lone, stern singleness of purpose, bowing the minds of a nation in their might ; both men especially favored of God with inner strength and great, deep joy in His purposes. Yet how different the death-bed scenes. Around Elijah the very heavens lowered, and their fiery chariot bore him up to the realms of glory. Neither did the moment of his ascension come unex-pectedly to him, nor his dearest and truest friend, Elisha. God touched both of their minds, and made them realize the coming
glory. Thus God's dealings often appear to us con-tradictory. But no ; the glory of His name 236 "MORE THAN A PROPHET." and His servants stands ever before Him, and every motion of His hand, impulse of His will, decree of His kingdom, moves toward these. Elijah passed up as every man would like to do ; John passed up as only great, heroic sol-diers of God dare to do. John's latter end was a stronger testimony of his trueness and greatness than Elijah's. God suffered the waves to beat with relentless cruelty and pitiless force on the bosom of John. He never was permitted to see his enemies humbled, nor their vindictiveness crushed. Elijah went forward with the army of Jehovah, laying all low until the nations trembled at his word, and the king cowed before his holy majesty. Yet John was not his inferior,

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