Luke 9:7-9 (ESV)
Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead,  by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen.  Herod said, "John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?" And he sought to see him.
Who is he? This is the question everyone is asking. Who is Jesus. No one asks more that Herod. Herod watches his territory like a hawk, with a suspicious eye, observing everything that happens around him. He wants to know if he should be concerned or not.
I always wonder why it is that Jesus doesn’t want anyone to tell people what he is doing. This is why. He doesn’t want to arouse the suspicions before the time has come. He doesn’t want to cause a riot. He knows how he is to die, and he goes to do that.
“John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” Everyone has a different answer. Herod didn’t think it was John. He knew what happened to John. He didn’t believe in resurrections. The people have all sorts of answers, but none of them stop to think he is the messiah. He wasn’t a revolutionary upstart trying to over through the status quo and usher in a utopia. Herod wasn’t worried about that. He just wanted to see a miracle.