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Where Jesus went, crowds followed.
They flocked to hear him teach and pushed against him in the city streets.
They wondered at his miracles and shook their heads when his teachings got to hard.
The same crowd that cheered his arrival into Jerusalem shouted “Crucify” only a few days later.
And still Jesus had compassion on them. He preached hard things to them because he was less concerned with popularity than preaching truth. He let them push up against him in the street, but refused to let them push him to become king–at least the king they wanted him to be. Because Jesus knew what the crowd didn’t–that the path to victory would go through the cross and the only earthly crown he would pierce his brow.
In a world of Twitter followers and Facebook friends it’s easy to play to the crowd. We know what’s going to get us retweeted and liked. We ponder what’s going to make posts go viral. And it gets easy to soften our message. Tone it down. Soft-pedal it.
But we should be less concerned with pleasing the crowd than pleasing the Father. The crowds that surround us are still as lost without a shepherd as the ones that surrounded him. Sometimes compassion requires truth–even when it’s costly.
Jesus loved the crowd too much to give them any less. So should we.
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