So he told them this parable: "Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance" (Luke 3-7).
As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd (Mark 6:34).
The crowd apparently was enormous in size: Five thousand men, writes Mark (6:44). He doesn't mention women and children but they were there also. The mass of humanity was moving themselves toward the Galilean shore. They looked for the boat that carried Jesus and his friends. The crowd greatly wanted to see the amazing teacher from Nazareth. They were like buzzing bees in a hive, looking for the queen. They wanted to see Jesus.