I got it.
John and Jesus made a pact, years prior, before he went away (although they could easily have maintained correspondance even to long distances) - with
John saying, in effect
I'll trade the second half of my life, for the first half of yours (Jesus staying perfect, and let's not forget his secret "problem" ie: fatherless
and the root of his sorrow).
But John's already an ascetic Essenian Jew, so he's used to giving things up to be pure, but let's not forget the things he says about Jesus when
Jesus is about to arrive and then when he actually shows up (how did John know?).
Originally posted by NewAgeMan
Clue or puzzle piece #1)
John the Baptist, by Leonardo daVinci
"I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will
baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
~ Mathew 3:11
The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"
~ John 1:29
When Jesus was informed of John's death, he immediately turned to face Jerusalem, as if facing a fated destiny whereby the lot had been cast.
They were in on it together, right from the get go. There's no other way that John could refer to the returning Jesus as "the lamb of God who comes to
take away the sins of the world". He knows precisely through and through, and all the way down the line what the "end game" is, including his own
beheading, a fate he sealed when he publicly reprimanded Herod (Antipas) for the sin of marrying his brother's wife while his brother was still alive
(the preferred method of execution in Hero's dungeon was likely beheading), with a final outcome whereby Jesus simultaneously binds the devil in his
(their) clash with an evil empire and a corrupted temple, while liberating everyone including himself, as last, from the belly of the beast.
Why would John do this? For his love of Jesus, and God, whereby Jesus' early life sorrows become his future overflowing cup of joy, something John
makes possible, even functioning as Jesus initiator, like Elijah to Elisha, and Jesus was convinced that John was indeed the reincarnation of Elijah,
and thus the baptism at the very same location (Jordan River) where a certain ancient promise was made, as yet unmet, for a double portion of the
spirit, which then came in John's vision like a dove to settle on Jesus, including a voice saying "this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased."
They really knew what they were doing those two, that's for sure, but that Jesus actually DID pull it off, AND get to have his cake and eat it too, as
planned, is just the most wonderful thing I can possibly imagine. Talk about a triumph!
This doesn't mean that Jesus couldn't have set it up for himself in a double-blind scenario whereby he really was obedient unto the point of death on
the cross, while at the same time seeding the means by which he would thread the needle, and exit the tomb three days later, in people like Nicodemus
and Joseph of Arimathea, maybe even a certain Roman soldier, like secret co-conspirators (either knowingly or unwittingly) with God's plan.
That's pretty cool as far as I'm concerned, a pretty awesome "conspiracy" of the very best possible kind. Pretty though is an understatement, because
I think it's just magnificent! A great work among the people, just like Isaiah prophesied.
It makes me smile and even laugh out loud.
edit on 19-1-2013 by NewAgeMan because: edit