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Chapter 28 (v.1) - When Doubts Assail

Submitted: July 30, 2019

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John woke with a start, beadlets of perspiration on his brow. "All in vain," he muttered into the damp cell. Horror gripped his heart, his mind. It had been too real. A serpent-hiss. Everything he'd stood for, everything he'd believed, everything he'd taught and learned, all was in vain. False. He was well aware that the punishment for his crime was life imprisonment. Months had gone by, or was it years of solitary confinement? He'd lost count.

Imprisoned for what? Speaking against the sinful relationship of Herod and his wife, who happened to be the wife of his brother Philip. Unlawful.

It was rumored that wasn't the only reason he was shut up in prison. Herod was jealous of the following that grew around John. Herod would never admit that. So for speaking against their sins, John wasted away in prison.

So for speaking against their sins, John wasted away in prison

The first while hadn't been so bad. Once he was accustomed to the rationed meals, the isolation, the damp, but time has a way of wearing out the body. And the enemy loves these circumstances. Seeds of doubt flew in, fiery darts, not unlike the ones at the beginning "Yea, hath God said?"

Why should John be immune? All in Christ, Jesus had warned, would suffer persecution.

But it gnawed at him, was he wrong, all along? Should he reach out, holler out in hopes that a soldier would hear him recanting?

The enemy wanted him silenced.

This was the fifth night in a row that he'd woken with nightmares of the kind, finally being given respite to call his friends. Doubt was a terrible weapon, silencing the truths and news that managed to slip in the prison to bring him the comfort of the works of Christ.

"Please," John pressed his face against the cold bars that shut him in, "Find out- for certain- that Jesus is the Messiah. Do we hope for another? Should we look for another? Find out."

There was no time to delay, Michael noted, as the two friends retreated from the dismal cell, blinking as they entered into the day, breaking into a run until they found Jesus and told him of John's condition.

"Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me."

In a cell, to receive word of confirmation was more precious than any other time, John's friends making no delay to run the word back to Him

In a cell, to receive word of confirmation was more precious than any other time, John's friends making no delay to run the word back to Him. The devil is a liar! God had visited His people.

"I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

 


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