Saturday April 24
Theme: Guilty conscience
Text: Matthew 14 verses 1 to 12
Guilty conscience is the feeling of remorse and shame that overcomes a person when he has one something wrong. The bible passage above, intimates us about Herod’s sin. He murdered John the baptist in cold blood. Nobody confronts him about this but his conscience keeps pricking him. When he hears about Jesus, he becomes terrified thinking that John has come back to life.
One may ask, how does John’s ministry concern Herod? Was he a jew? Yes, Herod was a Jew by conversion. Originally from a very important family in Edom ( descendants of Esau). They lived by the Jewish laws. This family became friends with the Roman rulers due to their cleverness at politics. Hence, they made Herod the great, king over Israel. Herod’s brother Philip married Herodias, but Herod and Herodias divorced their previous spouses in order to satisfy their lust. This is a wicked act according to Leviticus 18 verse 16 and 20 verse 21.
Consequently, John the baptist confronts him in Mark 6: 17 to 20, about this sin. Herod and his wife found it disrespectful. They know the evil of their atrocities but don’t want anyone to tell them about it. They hated the light because their deeds are evil. Although Herod likes to hear John’s s message and knows him to be a holy man, he did not change his evil ways. Just like Felix n Acts 24 vs 26. Eventually Herodias vengeful spirit and Herod’s foolish vows cost John his life.
So what? Conscience is an open wound, only truth can heal it. God and our consciences are usually the best witnesses we can have. They know everything we do. But the good news is that God is greater than our consciences. He sees everything we do yet he doesn’t freak out. Rather he keeps calm, watching and waiting for us to embrace the truth and come to him for cleansing.
In conclusion, a guilty conscience is a heavy load. Jesus invites all that labour and ate heavy laden to come to him and have rest. Are you not yet tired of hiding and dreading the day your secret sin will be uncovered? It is a blessing to be as free as a bird; hiding nothing and owing no man. Jesus gives this freedom and blessing to all who approach him. Come to him today and find relief, rest and peace unto your soul. Amen!