When you have a destiny rooted in prophetic significance, you do not let
human sentiment get in the way of the truth you know
Jesus’ responded, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.” (v. 4-6). Evidently, John was expecting Jesus to rescue him from prison and perhaps he even thought that what Jesus should be doing was addressing the political leaders and issues of his day in expectation of him ascending to the throne of Israel. Jesus lets him know that he was doing what he was suppose to be doing and his call was not to politics of the worldly kind. But if Jesus had been unsure of what his task was he may have left what he was doing to intervene on John’s behalf. He let him know what the kingdom of heaven was about and it wasn’t about addressing political ills and all its various issues.
In life there is always this problem and that problem, this issue and that issue, the kingdom of men is full of them. I have no doubt Jesus was emotionally torn about John, but even the pull of human emotions could not pull him away from the task of his call because Jesus very destiny was mired in prophetic significance. His destiny was completely wrapped up in advancing the kingdom of heaven against the kingdom of darkness and ultimately making an open show of them. He knew he had to take care of the spiritual aspect of the bondage of sin before any natural restoration of the kingdom of Israel could occur. When Jesus heard that John had been beheaded he withdrew by boat privately to a private place. (Matt 14:13). I can fathom with the little time that he had that he shed more than a few tears.
It is not easy to have a call of prophetic significance. There is a sacrifice of things everyday people do not have to endure, but I attribute Jesus’ ability to ignore the weedy, clamoring issues of the world to the fact that he was not under the auspices of Satan and his kingdom and his prayer life. He was never moved by the need for possessions, money, food, work etc. None of the natural requirements of life could deter him from his mission because he demonstrated on numerous occasions that he was the master of his environment.