Fair-Weather Followers

“And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David…” (Matt. 21:8-9)

As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, the Bible says, “a very great multitude” paved the way for Him by laying their clothes and palms down in front of Him, forming a pathway for Him to ride upon. 

At this point in His ministry, the crowd was for Him. The people celebrated Him. They saw Him as the up-and-coming leader who may help them overthrow Rome and free them. They saw Him as the answer to their problems.

But as with everything, the celebration was short lived. This very same crowd that cheered Him, later jeered Him.

Those who at one time said, “Crown Him! Crown Him!” later cried, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Those who at one time said, “Hail Him! Hail Him!” later shouted “Nail Him! Nail Him!”

Matthew 26:67 says that not long after that, “they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,”

Oh, what a difference a day makes!

How many people are the very same way, today? On Sunday they are singing about Jesus, but on Monday they’re too embarrassed to mention His name. On Sunday they are serving God, but on Monday they are serving themselves.

The world is looking for someone that is real and who lives a consistent Christian life; someone who isn’t afraid to stand for Jesus. They need to see someone who is the same every time they see you.

Are you a fair-weather follower?

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