Jesus Preaches the Good News (8:1-3)
1 Jesus was an itinerant evangelist. He didn’t stay in one city. He wasn’t the pastor of a church. He traveled from village to village, preaching the good news of the KINGDOM OF GOD (see Mark 1:14-15 and comment). His twelve disciples went with Him so that He could train them to take over His work when He was gone. In addition to His twelve main disciples, there were others also who followed Jesus (Luke 10:1).
2-3 Together with His disciples, many women went with Jesus. These women helped serve Jesus and His disciples on their journeys. Many of these women had been cured by Jesus of evil spirits and other diseases. They showed their gratitude by leaving their own homes and helping to support Him and His disciples wherever they went (see Mark 15:40-41 and comment). One of them, Mary Magdalene, was later the first to see Jesus risen from the dead (Mark 16:9). Joanna went with Mary Magdalene to tell the disciples of Jesus’ resurrection (Luke 24:10).
The Parable of the Sower (8:4-15)
(Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20)
4-15 See Mark 4:1-20 and comment.
A Lamp on a Stand (8:16-18)
(Matthew 5:15; 10:26; 13:12; Mark 4:21-25)
16-18 See Matthew 5:15; Mark 4:21-25 and comments.
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers (8:19-21)
(Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35)
19-21 See Mark 3:31-35 and comment.
Jesus Calms the Storm (8:22-25)
(Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41)
22-25 See Mark 4:35-41 and comment.
The Healing of a Demon-possessed Man (8:26-39)
(Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20)
26-39 See Mark 5:1-20 and comment.
A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman (8:40-56)
(Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43)
40-56 See Mark 5:21-43 and comment.