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Mark 5:24

ESV And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.
NIV So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him.
NASB And He went off with him; and a large crowd was following Him and pressing in on Him.
CSB So Jesus went with him, and a large crowd was following and pressing against him.
NLT Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him.
KJV And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

What does Mark 5:24 mean?

"Thronged about," or "pressed around," is taken from the Greek root word suntlibo, which means "to press in on all sides." Jesus has had to manage crowds for some time, now (Mark 3:7–9) and at one point sails across the Sea of Galilee just to get away from the crush of people (Mark 4:1, 35). Even when teaching and not actively healing, He is often crowded (Mark 2:1–2; 3:31–32). Still, there are doubtless many sick and injured people who don't receive healing and many curious who can't hear His teaching.

Many people wonder why Jesus had to leave earth after His resurrection. These situations give us a good idea. In John 16:7–11, as the crucifixion nears, Jesus tells His disciples that He must leave, but He will send a Helper, the Holy Spirit, who will "convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment." Romans 12:6–8, 1 Corinthians 12:4–11, and 1 Peter 4:10–11 explain some different ways the Holy Spirit equips members of the church to support each other. And in John 14:12, Jesus says that His followers' works will be greater in extent than those that He accomplished in His three years of ministry.

Jesus on earth is a powerful but single point of God on earth. Both His miracles and His message are unsurpassable, and His crucifixion and resurrection are completely unique. The time for His personal presence is paused, however. The Holy Spirit is here to work in each individual Christ-follower, each Bible-teaching church, and each true seeker. As great as the crowds Jesus taught may have been (Mark 6:44), the Holy Spirit personally works with every single person who came after.
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