At this point in time, Herod is a king of kings throughout the Roman world, so what does he care for the rumors of some Jewish man--prophet or not--appearing in Israel?
He never paid attention to the old Elijah; why would he pay attention to a new one? He already beheaded John the Baptizer once; would he hear John out a second time around??
To me, Herod's perplexity is amazing to behold. The very fact that word of Christ's resurrection actually reaches the inner court, slips through Herod's inner ear, and seems to prick his conscience is remarkable.
See, Herod might think himself a god, but he's just a man. He thinks he's heard it all, but he's never heard anything like this; and it strikes him--it catches him off guard--it collapses his picture of reality like a house of cards.
A THOUGHT TO PONDER: My Christian friends, when your unbelieving neighbors witness your life today, will they see enough of Christ in you to be perplexed as well??
SONG: I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
SUNG BY: The Petersens