Pastor Mason Beecroft, 03/22/2009
The people were impressed with Jesus. They had seen Him heal the sick and they were taken by His power and ability. They were not used to seeing such things and so the word about Him spread. A large mob gathered and followed Him. The count, St. John tells us, was five thousand men, not counting women and children. It is safe to say there were about fifteen thousand people clamoring after Jesus. It is no surprise then that Jesus needed some space to breathe and so He headed for the mountain with His disciples.