Jesus had many followers. He often spoke to multitudes of people, and we have identified some members of those crowds previously. Many came out to hear Jesus because they were curious. His fame spread quickly in the early days of his ministry. Some followed Jesus from town to town eager to hear and learn more. Some of those “following” Jesus were not interesting in learning from him, but were seeking incriminating evidence with which to accuse him. Among the throng of those listening were people that loved Jesus, hated Jesus, and various levels in between.
Jesus had many disciples (students) but from a large group he choose 12. After the crowds went away – or Jesus escaped from them – he would offer explanation or answer questions in a more intimate setting. Think of it as the difference between the church sanctuary and a small group. Continue reading