"Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, 'Ask me for anything you want, and I'll give it to you.' And he promised her with an oath, 'Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.' She went out and said to her mother, 'What shall I ask for?' 'The head of John the Baptist,' she answered. At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: 'I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.'" NIV translation
We saw before that Herod tried to protect John the Baptist because he wanted to hear more about God but, as we see here, Satan was at work as well. At this party, Herod made a promise expecting to give away money and riches but instead was forced to make a choice for good or evil.
Herod had heard about the things of God and, instead of repenting and sending Herodias back to her husband, kept her around. We all have that same choice to make when confronted with the truth about God and our choice has consequences.
"The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. On hearing of this, John's disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb." NIV translation
Now, we see the details of John the Baptist's death. The king had boasted in his pride and ordered the death of John. We see that he did not want to do it but, as it is with sin, one thing leads to another.
"The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.'" NIV translation
When the apostles returned to Jesus they were excited to report all that had happened. We have to ask ourselves whether we are excited, like the apostles, about what God is doing in and through us. If we are not excited, then, we may not be doing what He has planned for us. We also see that Jesus urged them to spend time alone with Him and that is something that we all need.