I believe it was MacArthur who spoke about the crowds in a previous passage. Most were just curious. Here was this guy, doing newsworthy things, so they went to see him. I would bet most of the crowds following Jesus here were curious people too. It is pretty early in his ministry, so they're still trying to figure him out.
And of course, mentioned in verse 10, the sick and diseased were hoping for healing that he had given to others.
As usual, when I read a passage, there is one thing that catches my eye. Tonight it was verses 11-12. As Jesus traveled, he ran up against unclean spirits, demons, possessed people. We talk about people being possessed these days, but I don't think we mean the same thing that Jesus was really seeing. Or maybe we do, but we just don't believe it can really happen.
Anyway, these 'unclean spirits' would fall down before Jesus and cry out - THEY knew exactly who he was!
And yet, he would tell them to be quiet.
I suppose, Jesus's time to be revealed as the son of God to all, had not yet come. I couldn't really figure it out, but John MacArthur says this: (and it makes a lot of sense)
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Mark 3:13-19