More About Jesus (32)

Crowd control is a major concern at any event where thousands of people will assemble. For the person or people for whom the crowd is gathered to see, it is especially exciting. Those who perform are often entranced by the interest others have in their abilities.

Jesus had experience with a crowd or multitude in many instances. No matter the throngs of people, the crowd never hindered someone from being blessed. From the woman with the disease in her blood (Mark 5:25-34) to Zacchaeus climbing up a  tree (Luke 19:1-10), the crowds did not keep them from reaching out to Jesus and experiencing the blessings He was willing to give. Such was not the case for everyone.

Many religious leaders in Jesus’ day loved the approval of the crowds (John 12:42-43). Seeking the affection of man so much, they pretended to have the truth, while at the same time, rejecting the Savior. They would parade around in self-righteousness and refuse to believe in Jesus - never giving Him a fair hearing. Such conduct paved the way for their eternal condemnation. Jesus said, “How can ye believe, who receive glory one of another, and the glory that cometh from the only God ye seek not?” (John 5:44).

How much does a crowd - your family, friends, or coworkers - influence you and your response to Jesus? Are you so interested in their approval that you reject the only One who can save you? We need to exercise more “crowd control,” lest we allow something or someone to easily keep us away from God, Jesus, and salvation.