Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him.
Herod was worried about Jesus and all his work and popularity with the people. Can you imagine being in charge of a nation that then finds someone who is better; it must be threatening. Yet Jesus never threatened Herod, he had more important things to teach us all.