Jesus left the more dangerous south and headed home to Nazareth. Subsequently he moved from Nazareth to Capernaum.
- Capernaum was a much bigger town, probably three times as big, at least.
- The bigger town offered more opportunities for Jesus to get his message out.
- History gives us the impression that Capernaum became a problematic town for the Jews, probably because the Jesus movement made great progress there.
- Matthew notes that the ministry in Galilee fulfills scripture.
- “Galilee of the Gentiles” foreshadows the future move of the Jesus movement from Jews to Gentiles. Galilee was much more mixed than Judaea and Jerusalem.
So, Jesus begins his preaching in Capernaum. His message is exactly the same as John’s. Or, should we say that John’s was the same as that of Jesus? God’s kingdom is near.