How quickly public opinion can change! When Jesus entered Jerusalem for the Passover feast, He was welcomed by crowds cheering to have Him made king (John 12:13). But by the end of the week, the crowds were demanding that He be crucified (19:15).

I recognise myself in those crowds. I love cheering for a team that’s winning, but my interest fades when they start losing. I love being part of a movement that is new and exciting, but when the energy fades, I’m ready to move on. I love following Jesus when He is doing the impossible, but I sneak away when He expects me to do something difficult. It’s exciting to follow Jesus when I can do it as part of the ‘in’ crowd. It’s easy to trust Him when He outsmarts the smart people and outplays the people in power (see Matt. 12:10; 22:15-46). But when He begins to talk about suffering and sacrifice and death, I hesitate.

I like to think that I would have followed Jesus all the way to the cross—but I have my doubts. After all, if I don’t speak up for Him in places where it’s safe, what makes me think I would do so in a crowd of His opponents?

How thankful I am that Jesus died for us so that we can become His followers.

Christ deserves full-time followers.


Julie Ackerman Link


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