HAVE YOU EVER felt rejected or misunderstood? Then, you can imagine how Jesus felt at the end of his public ministry. The hostility against him had risen to an all time high. His compassion for the Gentiles and numerous miracles were met with oppression and violence. Jesus knew – that he was about to die. In spite of the fleeting attempts of the crowd to make him King, Jesus chose the way of the cross for sinners. What way have you chosen?
If you knew for sure that you only had one week to live, what would you do with that week?
LET US LOOK TO THE WORD OF GOD FOR WISDOM
1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. ” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of himmany of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”
16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.
17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”
WILL THE REAL YOU COME FORWARD?
After reading these verse from the Bible, it should be clearly evident how fickle we are as humans.
Wherever Jesus traveled, a crowd was sure to be seen following behind. The interesting thing a about followers is that there is no difference between the followers in Jesus time and now. The trouble with just being a FOLLOWER is that they continue to follow so long as it does not cost them anything.
The minute they are called to make a sacrifice that will cost them, they end up falling by the wayside. The FAN is really not much different from the follower.
But, I must confess that they are more fickle. With fans, their willingness to follow only continues until they feel that something better has come along. They are quick to abandon ship and board another. Now for the HATER, that is all together another story. You will find haters no matter where you go. HATERS are among the FOLLOWERS AND THE FANS. They have one goal, with one purpose, and that is to STEAL, KILL and DESTROY. Haters are born out of arrogance and they are consumed with PRIDE.
A TRUE DISCIPLE is a FOLLOWER but willing to SACRIFICE. They are COMMITTED to the end – there is no time to be fickle. A TRUE DISCIPLE of Jesus will pray for the the HATERS and yes even show LOVE towards them just as Jesus did. A TRUE DISCIPLE will follow Jesus, love God and serve others. At the heart of every disciple of Jesus is a SERVANT’S HEART. Jesus said, My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
WHAT DO THE FOLLOWER, THE FAN, THE HATER AND THE TRUE DISCIPLE HAVE IN COMMON?
The follower, the fan, the hater and the true disciple are all SINNERS in need of SALVATION. At one point in my life, I was a FOLLOWER, FAN, AND HATER before I became A TRUE DISCIPLE of Jesus.
You can always tell a true disciple by the way that they have LOVE for one another. Martha, Lazarus and Mary lives model Jesus’s ministry. Martha’s life modeled that of a servant. At times, her service was misguided, like ours, but she honored Jesus with her gifts of service. Lazarus loved Jesus and his being raised from the dead by Jesus is living proof that Jesus is the resurrection and the life: he that believe in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” John 11:25
Now is the time for you to take a selfie: Not for FaceBook, or Instagram but, a self examination of what do you want to be? FOLLOWER, FAN, HATER OR TRUE DISCIPLE.
My prayer for all of us is that we make a commitment to ourselves and to our Lord not just to be a follower until it gets too hard, or a fan until something better comes along, or a hater spreading discord BUT a true disciple of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.