Luke 8:40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.
When Jesus returned to Galilee from the Gadarenes, the people gladly received him and were waiting for him. Jesus was popular because of his healings, some listened to his words. Where were the people when he would go to the cross? How soon people turn away, but now he was in much demand. I read a Newsweek magazine article about Jesus becoming the Christ. The world does not understand that he is very God from heaven in the man called Jesus. The Christ, the anointed one, was and is the power of God that made the worlds, but even today, the world doesn't understand. People line up for free food even today. The emergency rooms are full of those who receive free health care, but are their hearts receptive to the very words of God? People were waiting for him as he returned.
Luke 8:41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:
Luke 8:42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
Unusual for a Jewish leader to fall before the feet of Jesus, he was a wise man to do so. For Jesus has power to heal all who come to him with humbleness and faith. He was interceding for his twelve year old daughter who was dying. Jesus hears our intercessions and he cares for us. Humble yourself and come to Jesus for all your cares.
1 Pet 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt youin due time:
1 Pet 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
But as he went the people thronged him.
Thronged: to be utterly choked by a great number of people. To be pressed around and to almost suffocate from so many around him. Jesus enjoyed being in the wilderness in prayer, this is where he received from God, the Father. Now he was giving himself to others, he heard the prayer for the twelve year old daughter and he was headed towards her, but the crowd all had needs too. God in Jesus knew the needs around him. Even in the crowd, he was concerned about individuals. God cares about you too. What are you among so many? You are beloved, he died for you and cares for you, He is personal. He is a personal savior, he loves you. Come to him humbly and ask him for your needs, he cares for you with a tender heart.