Healing & Teaching
In Matthew chapter 5, it states that when Jesus saw the multitudes, “He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.”
Read alone, it captures none of the dramatic nature of the event taking place. Going back into the end of chapter 4, Jesus is going throughout the land and physically healing what would have otherwise been incurable.
Imagine the crowds that would genuinely gather around someone who could cure anything, right before one’s eyes. No tricks. No behind the cloak scenes. No mystery diseases were declared cured that had not yet been identified in the person. A withered hand was restored (Mark 3:1ff), seizures stopped, demons cast out, and the paralyzed made ambulatory.
The crowds came from as far east of the Sea of Galilee as they did from the west and the south. Jesus literally has drawn national attention.