By Francis Frangipane
"And Jesus was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. And the news about Him went out into all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, taken with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them all. And great multitudes" (underscore this in your mind) great multitudes, not just a handful here, "great multitudes followed Him..." (Matt 4:23-25)
When Jesus is lifted up, great multitudes follow. By the thousands, people left their cities, their market places and businesses. Great throngs of men, women and children eagerly left their homes and communities to be with Jesus in the wilderness. Such is the power of the Master.