Herod Antipas was the Tetrarch over Galilee. He was one of the sons of Herod the Great who ruled the whole of Judea and Galilee.
After the death of Herod, the kingdom was divided into regions amongst his sons and Herod Antipas was in charge of Perea and Galilee.
When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform some miracle. LUKE 23:8
In his heart, Herod Antipas was probably not much different than many unbelievers today they are intrigued by Jesus’ life and teachings, but in the end they will never truly believe in Him, because they aren’t willing to surrender their lives to Him.
Herod Antipas was one of the sons of Herod the Great, the king who ruled over all Judea and Galilee when Jesus was born. After Herod died, his kingdom was divided among his sons Archelaus, Antipas, and Philip.
Antipas was given the regions of Perea and Galilee, where Jesus grew up and conducted most of His ministry.
Herod Antipas appears to have been intrigued with both John the Baptist and Jesus (Mark 6:20; Luke 23:8). When John criticized Antipas for taking his brother Philip’s wife, he had John arrested and put in prison, but he still liked to listen to him. Later, however, he bowed to his wife’s schemes to have John beheaded. When Pilate was looking for a way to pass the buck regarding the accusations against Jesus, he sent Him to Antipas, who thought he would have a front-row seat to one of Jesus’ miracles. When Jesus failed to meet his expectations, he let his soldiers mock Jesus and sent Him back to Pilate. That is the last we hear of any interaction Herod Antipas had with Jesus.
There is certainly some good in being attracted to Jesus’ life and message, but ultimately Jesus must be seen as more than a mere wonder worker or moral teacher. He must be seen as our Lord and our only way to God (John 14:6; Romans 10:8–10).