Why was John the Immerser beheaded (Matthew 14:10)? It would seem strange that such a popular, beloved prophet, who drew crowds to the wilderness by his bold preaching of the truth, would be so cruelly treated… unless, of course, you understand the concept of rebellion. Herod cast his eyes on Herodias, Philip’s wife, and when she playfully cast them back, he took her away from his brother and “married” her. John boldly confronted Herod in his error, saying, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife” (Mark 6:18).
So, what’s the proper response? If one is doing something wrong (whether it is a one-time act or a habitual lifestyle choice) and discovers that the choice is sinful in the eyes of God, one should quit doing it, right? Not the Herods. Instead of listening to the messenger of God, it was just easier to kill him. Hence, the source of the notorious statement: “I’ll have his head on a platter.”
Times may have changed but people haven’t. Instead of searching the scriptures and submitting to the word, some people are still killing the messenger, mistakenly thinking it will solve their problem. Oh, maybe they will not lop his head off, but character assassination, undermining gossip, and malevolent treatment have killed the spirit of many a preacher, teacher or Christian who stands for the truth of the Gospel. This kind of reaction tacitly admits that forgiveness is certainly not expected while continuing in sin. Therefore, in order to remove the reminder of the wrongdoing that the rebel is not going to change, a person assassinates the angel to continue their devotion to the devil.
Honestly, do you think Herod or Herodias would ever go to heaven if they stayed in their rebellion against God? Point: if anyone thinks he or she can rebel against God and make it to heaven, they’ve just lost their head!