At that time Herod, ruler of Galilee, heard the news about Jesus. He said to his officials, “This is John the Baptizer! He has come back to life. That’s why he has the power to perform these miracles.” Herod had arrested John, tied him up, and put him in prison. Herod did this for Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. John had been telling Herod, “It’s not right for you to be married to her.” So Herod wanted to kill John. However, he was afraid of the people because they thought John was a prophet. When Herod celebrated his birthday, Herodias’ daughter danced for his guests. Herod was so delighted with her that he swore he would give her anything she wanted. Urged by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptizer on a platter.” The king regretted his promise. But because of his oath and his guests, he ordered that her wish be granted. He had John’s head cut off in prison. So the head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. John’s disciples came for the body and buried it. Then they went to tell Jesus.
Herodias hated John the Baptist because he had said that it was not right that Herod had married Herodias who his brother’s wife. Herod had bound and imprisoned John tho keep him quiet. That, however, was not this enough four her. She wanted John dead. When Herod promised tho give his step daughter anything she desired, Herodias seized the moment and had her daughter request John’s head.
That execution must have troubled Herod because when he heard about Jesus proclaiming the same message that John had, “The kingdom of God is near,” he immediately assumed that John had returned from the dead.
And now the supposed “resurrected John” was working miracles, which John never did. How frightened Herod must have been. “John” had returned and was more powerful than before. And it was all a case of mistaken identity. He will have his meeting with Jesus very soon.
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