In an astonishing act of humility, Jesus comes forward to be baptized by John the Baptist to “fulfill all righteousness”. Indeed, this was the reason Jesus came, to perfectly fulfill the requirements of the law so that we might become the righteousness of God.
After 400 years of silence since the prophet Malichi, God speaks to the people of Israel. John the Baptist comes onto the scene proclaiming a message of repentance and pointing to the coming ministry of Christ. This message described how God would draw near to his people and identify them, no longer through ethnicity, but through his awesome act of mercy received by repentance and faith. This message spread beyond the boundaries of Israel to the world and continues still today as God calls all nations to confess, repent, and be baptized.
Though Herod sought to destroy Jesus, God protected him and directed his path that salvation would come to his people. In this passage we continue to see how Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies.
Herod sought Jesus with selfish motives. Rather than worship Jesus and meet the King of glory, he became obsessed with his own prideful ambitions. Often we too seek Jesus not to worship Him for who He is, but instead we seek Him to get something from him. Blessed are they that seek Jesus to know and worship Him.