‘I beheaded John!
Who is this
I hear such things?’
To see him.”
εἶπεν δὲ Ἡρῴδης Ἰωάνην ἐγὼ ἀπεκεφάλισα· τίς δέ ἐστιν οὗτος περὶ οὗ ἀκούω τοιαῦτα; καὶ ἐζήτει ἰδεῖν αὐτόν.
Luke indicated that Herod said (εἶπεν δὲ Ἡρῴδης) that he had beheaded John (Ἰωάνην ἐγὼ ἀπεκεφάλισα). Who then was this Jesus (τίς δέ ἐστιν οὗτος) about whom he had heard such things (περὶ οὗ ἀκούω τοιαῦτα)? He wanted to see Jesus (καὶ ἐζήτει ἰδεῖν αὐτόν). There is nothing like this in Matthew, but in Mark, chapter 6:16, there was something similar. King Herod had his own opinion. He believed that Jesus was John resurrected. Mark said that when Herod heard about this, he had no doubt. He said that it was John, whom he beheaded, that was raised up in Jesus. Herod saw an equivalence between John the Baptist and Jesus. Thus, here in Luke, he wanted to see Jesus, which was not in the other gospel stories. How would you compare John the Baptist to Jesus?