He’s been in a cell that is basically a cave dug into a mountain, no windows or sunlight, just a door opened every other day to remove a bowl of waste and a bowl for food: both look the same and commonly redistributed. A man could lose hope in this place, especially when death is the only chance his eye’s might have of ever seeing the light of day again. He might begin to question himself and the cause for which he willingly accepted his recourse. How long can a man hold out?
What about the orphan, who really cares for him, he has his own cell dug out of the time and place that’s imprisoned him as well; maybe not out of stone, but his walls are just as cold and grey. How many of these young men lose hope, questioning their purpose and seeking the cause that brought them to such a place and circumstance. What are the percentages that the men in the caves or the orphans see the light of day again and walk free?
Questions arise but who can answer
And Jesus answered and said to the disciples of John the Baptist who were sent to find out for him certain questions, “Go and report to John what you hear and what you see: The blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel Preached to them. And blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over Me”. Matt 11:4-6
As those disciples of the Baptists were walking away, yet still within hearing distance of Jesus, He said this to the people: “Truly, I say to you, among men born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist…” vv. 11
Ah! The Baptist may have been wavering, may have had a moment of lost hope, may have been wondering on the floor of his damp, grey pit in the mountains belly. “Did I do the right thing, did I give my best, was I a warrior, or have I failed”? Isolation and emptiness can create such things in a man’s thoughts. When a father blesses his son it takes the armor forming around a young boy and generates a transformation, liking turning bronze into kevlar, iron into tungsten steel. Without a father, how does a boy ever find these answers?
The King who had the Baptist murdered was haunted by his ruse for 10 long years, finally, overthrown and killed, the people all remembered the words Jesus spoke last on the day the Baptist received his armor. “Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds”. Every man needs someone to stand up for him and be a hero. Ain’t it so