Large crowd (Jn 6:2-6:2)

“A large crowd

Kept following Jesus.

They saw

The signs

That he was doing

For the sick.”

ἠκολούθει δὲ αὐτῷ ὄχλος πολύς, ὅτι ἑώρων τὰ σημεῖα ἃ ἐποίει ἐπὶ τῶν ἀσθενούντων.

John said that a large crowd (ὄχλος πολύς) kept following Jesus (ἠκολούθει δὲ αὐτῷ), because they saw (ὅτι ἑώρων) the signs (τὰ σημεῖα) or miracles that he was doing (ἃ ἐποίει) for and among the sick, the weak, or the diseased people (ἐπὶ τῶν ἀσθενούντων).  This idea of a large crowd and Jesus healing people was a common theme among the other canonical gospels.  Luke often emphasized the large crowds, while Mark emphasized the healing powers of Jesus.  John preferred to call these miracles signs (τὰ σημεῖα), instead of miracles.  Do you believe in miracles?

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