So he sent an executioner to the prison to cut off John's head and bring it to him. The soldier beheaded John in the prison,
brought his head on a tray, and gave it to the girl, who took it to her mother.
When John's disciples heard what had happened, they came for his body and buried it in a tomb.
The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and what they had taught.
Then Jesus said, "Let's get away from the crowds for a while and rest." There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn't even have time to eat.
They left by boat for a quieter spot.
But many people saw them leaving, and people from many towns ran ahead along the shore and met them as they landed.
A vast crowd was there as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he taught them many things.
Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, "This is a desolate place, and it is getting late.
Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy themselves some food."
But Jesus said, "You feed them." "With what?" they asked. "It would take a small fortune a to buy food for all this crowd!"
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)