A brutal evil ruler and yet Herod Antipas guilt over his murder of John the Baptist never left him. Herod had worldly power but did not have the courage to resist social pressure to carry out evil. John the Baptist is the direct antithesis in that he would give even his life to stand for truth. Matthew’s gospel hits a turning point as both disciples and readers now have to put all the teaching into practice following John’s lead. The cost of discipleship.