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by K. Neill Foster

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for January 21, 2019

The Crowds Always Showed Up for Jesus

Text: "Now the tax collectors and 'sinners' were all gathering around to hear him" Luke 15:1.

Crowds have their own personalities and dynamics. That is why seemingly happy crowds can suddenly become vicious mobs. Jesus attracted crowds. They felt comfortable around Him and wanted to be with Him. No doubt some who had been in Jesus' adoring crowds were later shouting, "Crucify Him!"

As an itinerant preacher I have never been one to draw great crowds, though a few times over a lifetime there have been thousands. More commonly, I have spoken to dozens and hundreds. But some people have what I call "crowd charisma." I don't have that particular gift, but some of my friends do. When they preach, the crowds come.

Jesus too had crowd charisma. They came because of the miracles and the bread. But when the entertainment ebbed and the straight talk began, even Jesus' crowds shrank.

We are wise indeed when we use crowd charisma for the kingdom of God. And we will be wiser too when we observe that the crowds dissipate as the sharp edges of the cross are made clear.

-knf