Mark 6:26-29 (NIV)
The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her.  So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison,  and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother.  On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
The terrible excess, the exploitive relations, the complete moral collapse in this story is so hard to face.
An innocent man is butchered like a pig.
And then the quiet grief–his followers come and retrieve his body.
Make no mistake beheading someone is a political act of tremendous violence. And the grief that follows is heart wrenching.
John’s disciples. Where did they go? To Jesus. Another man on his own path towards a brutal death.
Surely, these guys were losers?!
Not in the end,
In the end…
they were right.