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. (Luke 9:7-9)
Before my husband and I were married, he went to a firm party where one of the older partners and his wife were dancing. One of the young associates was drunk and started singing, The Old Gray Mare She Ain’t What She Used to Be.
There isn’t much to be gained from getting drunk at a party when you’re impressing the wrong people. Herod promised his step daughter/niece while she was dancing seductively that she could have anything, up to half his kingdom as a reward, so she chose what her mother wanted, John the Baptist’s head on a platter. The consequences for my husband’s peer were less dramatic. He was fired.
In his drunken state, Herod was too weak to stand up for justice in front of the influential people attending his birthday party. He chose to avoid humiliation but, in the process, lost his soul. Can you imagine Herod’s fright thinking of retaliation when his advisers told him Jesus was John the Baptist raised from the dead? Herod surrounded himself with people like himself. None of them had a clue who Jesus was or where to find Him, even though Jesus was quite public and not hard to find. Herod wanted to see Jesus, not to get to know Him but to make sure he wasn’t a threat.
Dearest Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me friends and family who inspire me to follow Jesus and spread His love. Watch over me and keep me from entering into a situation where Satan can use me to harm myself and others. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.