“Hosanna!” is the praise the crowds shouted as Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem, but by the end of the week the crowds were shouting “Crucify Him!”
That’s why the Gospel of John reminds us…
John 2:23-25 23 “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. 24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.”
Jesus knew (and knows) that we as people are fickle. We care about what you can do for us. People want to know, “What have you done for me lately?”
People believed because of the signs, because of the miracles, because they were fed, but when Jesus told the people that we had to ‘eat His flesh and drink His blood many left him to follow Him no more (John 6:22-66). This happened right after miraculously fed over 5000 people.
Fickle people will leave when the going gets tough.
Fickle people will leave when the money is gone.
Fickle people will leave when the relationship isn’t fun anymore.
Fickle people will leave when they are given the truth about themselves that they don’t want to accept.
Fickle people will lay you off work when they feel someone they see as smarter, or younger, or quicker, or more talented comes along.
People can be fickle with God when He seems to be moving too slow, or not moving at all. You get the picture. All that being said, we need to remember…
We need to be thankful for, and nurture our closest relationships (Even Jesus had an inner circle that He leaned on more…Peter, James and John)
We will be sometimes be fickle with those closest to us… (Peter denied Jesus and they all scattered)
In our relationships with God and one another we must move from being FICKLE to FAITHFUL. (Eventhough they sometimes doubted Jesus, Eventhough their faith was sometimes weak, Even though Peter denied Him, Eventhough they scattered when Jesus was crucified…the disciples went on to suffer for and spread the Gospel!
The disciples went from FICKLE to FAITHFUL! Have you?