It has always seemed a bit strange that Jesus shows no more anxiety about John's situation than he does. He handles it in what seems to us be a rather matter of fact manner. However, no doubt there was more concern in His heart than the gospel writers indicate. We do know that the news of John's execution sent Jesus out in search of a lonely place, but there He encountered thousands in need so He seems to put His need for grief work aside to care for them. Surely, it must have pained Jesus to know of the tragic death of this man with whom He had grown up. Their stories were intertwined from the very beginning.
But, Jesus knew, too, the cost of obedience to God. John lost his life because He was faithful to the ministry entrusted to him. Jesus also knew John would not be the last to suffer for reasons of faithful obedience. He would go that way Himself. It sorrowed Jesus to know of the suffering and death of this lifelong friend. It must also sorrow Him when we experience such because of our faith, but it must give Him joy that we, along with others, allow our faith to prevail in our living and dying.