Coming just after the story about Jesus' rejection in Nazareth, the tragic story of John's death becomes a foreshadowing of what awaits Jesus: rejection and even violent hostility. However, whatever Herod can do will not overcome Jesus. Christ's victory over death and the grave reveals how He can turn something so evil into forgiveness and salvation. Mark wants us to know that Jesus understood Herod's dramatic message, and his next move was to "go away with his disciples to a solitary place." No doubt Jesus wanted to get away to explain to his disciples that his ministry was different than that of John the Baptist. Jesus, undoubtedly, taught the disciples how to have a daily quiet time with god. Through Jesus' death the disciples would no experience death, but a new and eternal Kingdom. A Kingdom we are given through baptism. Not a baptism of repentance like John's baptism, but a baptism of blessing which the Risen Lord will offer.