Something Worth Dying For

Series: The Gospel Can't Be Contained

July 18, 2021
Dave Smith

Matt Chandler once said, “The gospel of Jesus Christ is worth living for, yes, and it is worth dying for, of course, but we show it is supremely valuable to us when we deny ourselves and take up our crosses to be a blessing to the people who the gospel is calling us to.” ---------- We live in a world where hyperbole rules the day. Whether it is the overuse of words like "awesome" and "incredible" or the social media generated excitement over even the most mundane moments of daily life. ---------- So when we consider the phrase "something worth dying for" we should carefully consider the gravity of that statement. This Sunday, Dave shares a message from Mark 6 focusing on last days of the life of John the Baptist and exactly what he was willing to die for.

Episode Notes

“Life's funny… You only get one and you don't want to throw it away. But you can't really live it at all unless you're willing to give it up for the things you love. If you're not at least willing to die for something—something that really matters—in the end you die for nothing.”    Andrew Klavan, The Truth of the Matter

14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.  —Mark 6:14-20 (ESV)

BIG IDEA: John stood for the truth of his faith… He died for that faith!


A. Herod Antipas - A Portrait of the Arrogant

B. Herodias - A Portrait of the Wicked

C. Salome - A Portrait of a Victim

D. John - A Portrait of the Faithful


A. SCENE 1: A birthday BANQUET

21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias's daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.”   —Mark 6:21-23 (ESV)

B. SCENE 2: A tragic TURN of EVENTS

24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.  —Mark 6:24-26 (ESV)

C. SCENE 3: A dreadful DUNGEON

27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.  —Mark 6:27-29 (ESV)


A. HEROD: A guilty conscience can become a CRUEL COMPANION

  • A compassionate Father offers AMAZING GRACE

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  —I John 1:5-9

9 He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. 10 He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. 11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.  —Psalm 103:9-12 (NLT)

B. HERODIAS: A hateful anger can develop into a DEADLY VIRUS

14 Behold, the wicked [person] conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. 15 He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. 16 His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.  —Psalm 7:14-16 (ESV)

14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.  —James 1:14-15 (ESV)

8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.  —2 Corinthians 7:8-10 (NIV)

  • A repentant Heart Leads to SAVING GRACE

9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.  —2 Timothy 1:9a (NIV)

C. SALOME: A sinful role model can produce a FATAL FUTURE

“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

1 Be sure to guard against the dishonest teaching of the Pharisees! It is their way of fooling people. 2 Everything that is hidden will be found out, and every secret will be known. 3 Whatever you say in the dark will be heard when it is day. Whatever you whisper in a closed room will be shouted from the housetops. —Luke 12:1b-3 (CEV)

7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature…—Galatians 6:7-8a (NLT)

  • A Good Example Displays an IMITATING GRACE

…But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.  —Galatians 6:8b-10 (NLT)

D. JOHN: There ARE things worth dying for

  • FREEDOM is worth dying for. 

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  —Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)

  • FRIENDS and FAMILY are worth dying for.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.  —John 15:12-14 (ESV)

  • FAITH is worth dying for

18 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John, 19 calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” 20 And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’”  —Luke 7:18-20 (ESV)

“The gospel of Jesus Christ is worth living for, yes, and it is worth dying for, of course, but we show it is supremely valuable to us when we deny ourselves and take up our crosses to be a blessing to the people who the gospel is calling us to.”

— Matt Chandler


Determine to know who or what you are willing to die for… Now start truly living like you mean that today

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