Otsego United Methodist Church
Friday, March 24, 2017
Where Jesus' Love is Lived!
“CHRIST AND THE CROWD”
By: Reverend Dan Minor
“A large number of people followed him …” Luke 23:27
We see and hear a lot these days about the crowds. Crowds can be peaceful, but they can also be angry, disrespectful and even dangerous.
During his ministry on earth Jesus enjoyed enormous popularity among the people. Mark, the gospel author, writes “At the beginning of his ministry his fame spread everywhere” (Mark l: 28).
Whenever he preached, great crowds gathered to hear him (Mark 2:2). He had compassion for them. He taught them, fed them, healed their sick, cast out demons and blessed their children.
The crowds on Palm Sunday were exuberant (Matthew 21:l0). His great popularity created a serious problem for him. His popularity among the mass prompted His accusers to capture Him in the absence of the people (Mark 12:12). Of course a crowd was present when Jesus appeared before Pilate and Herod (Luke 22:66-71; 23:6-12). As He was led to be crucified, “A large number of people followed him …” (Luke 23:27).
His last week on earth was marked by controversy, confrontation, rejection, betrayal, denial, persecution and death. Yet He loved them to the end, offering forgiveness for his executioners.
How do we explain it?
While his ministered to the crowds He did not allow them to distract Him from His mission. They once wanted “to take Him by force, to make Him King” (John 6:l5). But Jesus made it clear His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). He refused to play to the crowds.
One day “every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11).
Dear Lord, I want to belong to your eternal kingdom. Amen.