Volume 3, Day 152
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.
Julie Ackerman Link