The head of John the Baptist stretched high atop his shoulders.
With sweet and buggy breath, it bellowed out, across the Jordan, Prepare Him a way!
Make His paths straight!
The head of John the Baptist bent low when he baptized the Lamb.
The sight of his Lord and the sound of God’s voice put a thought in John’s head.
He must increase. I must decrease.
The head of John the Baptist pressed hard against the wall of his cell.
Disconnected from the body of his followers, a sense of doubt grew in his mind.
Was his cousin really the One?
The head of John the Baptist hung from a saddle, bouncing inside a wet sack.
Up the Jordan a hundred miles, from prison to palace – first time in Galilee.
Then it went to a girl on a platter.
The head of John the Baptist was an outrage all over Israel.
The people’s disfavor made their leaders slow to repeat that same crime.
For a time, Christ was safe in Judea!
John’s head, once again, had prepared the Lord’s way.
--Posted By Bill to Bible/History Blog at 12/01/2008 12:05:00 AM