King Herod, the top Jewish official of the day, was shacking up with his brother’s wife, Herodias, and calling her his wife. And this was just the tip of the iceberg of his depravity. After John spoke out against Herod, in keeping with his corrupt character, he had John imprisoned.
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he left Nazareth and withdrew to Galilee. He went to live in Capernaum, near the lake in Zebulun and Naphtali. This also fulfilled an ancient prophecy that said, “In Zebulun and Naphtali, along the coast, beyond the Jordan, the “Galilee” of non-Jews, on the unfortunates that live in that death valley, a light has dawned. The people there who lived in darkness have now seen a great light.”
From that point on, Jesus began broadcasting this message: “Switch sides now. The time to align yourselves with God is now, not later.”
Later, Jesus returned to Galilee, bolstered by God’s own Spirit, and boy, was he ever the talk of the town! He regularly taught in the synagogues and became wildly popular.