The Death of John the Baptist

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Matthew 14:1-12, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

There was a man named John the Baptist. He was a good man who preached to people about God and helped them become better people.

One day, a ruler named Herod heard about John and was curious about him. Herod had John thrown into prison because John had told him it was wrong for him to marry his brother’s wife, Herodias.

Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of what the people would think because they believed John was a prophet.

Later, on Herod’s birthday, his stepdaughter danced for him and his guests. Herod was so happy with her that he promised to give her anything she wanted. Her mother, Herodias, who was angry with John, told her daughter to ask for John’s head on a plate.

Herod was sad when he heard this, but because he had promised his stepdaughter, he ordered for John to be beheaded. John’s head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who then gave it to her mother.

John’s disciples came and buried his body, and they went to tell Jesus what had happened.

Biblical Lessons

  • It is important to speak up for what is right, even if it is difficult or unpopular.
  • God’s timing is not always our timing, and we must be patient and trust in Him.
  • We should not make promises lightly or without considering the consequences.
  • Forgiveness is important, even in difficult situations.

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