Today, we celebrate the first to overtly give his life for his testimony to Christ, His relative: John the Baptist.
The man sent to testify to the light coming into the world eventually gave the ultimate testimony: his own life; he took to the nth degree the statement he made earlier: “He must increase, I must decrease.”
Why did he earn such a dubious distinction? Simply, he stood up for the truth against an oppressive regime. He called all to repentance and conversion, he preached without considering the cost.
Hopefully, we can all follow his lead and also give our lives, especially when it is difficult or inconvenient.