The Deception of Popularity

Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man. (John 2:23-25)

Jesus did not let His popularity go to His head. The passage says “He knew all men.” In other words He knew what was in man and how fickle he can be. He knew that on one day they would sing Hosanna and on the next chant “crucify Him.” It is a fleeting thing the popularity of man. This is why Jesus focused on pleasing only one person, His Father in Heaven. He is not fickle. He is constant and unchanging (Lam 3.22-23). And He is the true rewarder of a life of Faith in Him (Heb 11.6). There is a danger lurking in waters of disciplemaking. One can start believing his own press. Young disciples start looking up to you and are enamored with the fact that you have been walking with Jesus a little longer. The platitudes begin to roll in. Be careful with what you believe. Don’t be carried away by the crowds or you’ll be carried away by the crowds (usually to a cross). Focus on pleasing God not men. FJ25

Author: Chuck & Deb

Chuck & Deb love Jesus!

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