When you see “sold out” it usually guarantees the show will have a special buzz, memorable experience, and great energy. It’s also great press. Sometimes even huge venues sell out fast. Pearl Jam sold out Wrigley Field in less than 10 minutes. Some guy named Paul McCartney sold out a show in Las Vegas in 7 seconds…yes, seconds. If you didn’t know better, you might think Mark was presenting Jesus as the latest hot ticket in Capernaum. Packing out the house was guaranteed with Jesus in town. But it would be a mistake to conclude that this was for publicity. Jesus goal is the opposite. The intimacy of Peter’s home insulates Jesus from the crowd so he could clearly “preach the word to them” (Mark 2:2). He doesn’t move to a larger venue. He remains in the house. This is the ultimate crowd control. Jesus dictates the terms of his engagement. Mention of crowds is common in Mark, but not as evidence of success. He never identifies crowds as coming to Jesus Christ in saving faith. In fact, the most common thing crowds are seen doing is blocking the way to Jesus.