We See the Honest Crowd

by Wayne Barber

Wayne Barber(Editor's note: This article concludes Wayne's study of the various components of the crowds who followed Jesus Christ, from His resurrection of Lazarus to His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.)

There are those who simply want to know who Jesus is and to understand Him: "Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast" (John 12:20).

Who these Greeks were we don't know, except that they might have been proselyte Jews or perhaps, like the Ethiopian, they worshiped God but didn't understand about Jesus. It says clearly that they were going up in the crowd to worship at the feast: "these then came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying, Sir, we wish to see Jesus.' Philip came and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus" (vv.21-22).

"Sir we wish to see Jesus!" The word for see is eido in the Greek. It comes from horao, and means not just to look at something as if to gawk at it; but to see with perception! To see with understanding!

The Greeks are known for their inquisitive minds in that they seek understanding! They were honest in their pursuit of wanting to understand just who Jesus really was.

So we have the Hopeful, the Hallelujah, the Hateful, and the Honest Crowd.

But it is then that Jesus speaks, and what He has to say answers every question, but in a way no one in the crowd understood! "And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him" (John 12:23-26).

This was a foreign language to the whole crowd because they did not understand the cross and why He came to die, much less their own suffering.

For Jesus to be seen and truly glorified He would have to die on a cruel cross for the sins of the Jew and of the Gentile!

But for them to be free from that which held them in bondage they, too, would have to die as they bowed before Him in total surrender to Him.

The Hopeful Crowd, the Hallelujah Crowd, and the Honest Crowd would only come to know Him to the degree that they would be willing to bow before Him, dying to themselves as they said yes to His will.

The Hateful Crowd would go on hating Him, in the spirit of one to come who will be called The Antichrist.

Wayne Barber is senior pastor of Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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