“When the whole crowd
They ran forward
To greet him.”
καὶ εὐθὺς πᾶς ὁ ὄχλος ἰδόντες αὐτὸν ἐξεθαμβήθησαν, καὶ προστρέχοντες ἠσπάζοντο αὐτόν.
As Jesus left his small group of disciples, a large crowd came towards him. This incident is somewhat similar to Matthew, chapter 17:14, and Luke, chapter 9:37, but yet unique to Mark, who said that suddenly a large crowd saw Jesus (καὶ εὐθὺς πᾶς ὁ ὄχλος ἰδόντες αὐτὸν). They were amazed or overcome with awe (ἐξεθαμβήθησαν) since he was like a celebrity. They all ran forward to greet him (καὶ προστρέχοντες ἠσπάζοντο αὐτόν).