Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John—So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. John 4:1 and 3 NIV
The Pharisees had not believed in John the Baptist. That man was a threat to their leadership values. How much more then would they despise the work of one who had even more approaching for the ceremonial baptism. Jesus’ learning of the Pharisees receiving this report was not conveyed to Him by someone. He knew this of His own. As it was not yet time for Him to suffer on our behalf, He thus made the choice to return to Galilee to preach there.
We must go where it is needed for us to share the Good News. Sometimes the manner we use to share the Good News must be changed, and one aspect might be our audience. If we have shared the Good News with a particular audience, and it is proving ineffective due to the lack of acceptance, it might just be time to move to a different audience. There are many souls which need to hear the Good News, and the harvesters are limited in number. If we move on, we can and should still pray for those that we leave behind. The Lord does work in mysterious ways and our prayers may provide that which is needed.