“…Jesus came into the official’s house, and saw the flute players and the crowd in noisy disorder, He said, ‘Leave; for the girl has not died, but is asleep.’ And they began laughing at Him. But when the crowd had been sent out, he entered and took her by the hand, and the girl got up.” Matthew 9:23-25 NASB
I’ve read this story numerous times throughout my life, and I’m always amazed by the miracle that Jesus performed!
But when I read it today, something else jumped off the page at me!
- Was in noisy disorder,
- Had wrong beliefs,
- Fed each other’s negativity,
- Laughed at Jesus, Son of the Living God,
- Got sent out, and
- Missed seeing a miracle because of their unbelief.
If we read the parallel story in Mark 5:35-42, we see that Jesus Himself put them out and that
He only took the little girl’s parents and His 3 closest disciples with Him to perform this miracle.
So, I have to ask myself, and I invite you to ask yourself,
“Which group would I rather be in?”
- The small, intimate group with access to Jesus in all His love and power?
- Or the crowd of mockers who are so wrapped up in their unbelief that they don’t even consider the claims of Christ to be a possibility?
Do we really need the approval of the crowd, real or virtual, or
is Christ’s approval enough?
Is it really a good idea to go along like a chameleon, trying to blend in with the noisy, boisterous crowd, giving lip service to their beliefs that grieve the spirit of God?
At the end of the day, who is really going to have your back? A bunch of unknown friends from the world wide web, or God Almighty, who loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die for you?
I am convinced that the crowd will be quick to leave and forsake me,
but Jesus will always be there for me.
The crowd will break their promises,
but Jesus’s will always keep His.
The crowd is fickle with their supposed love, here today, gone tomorrow. But
Jesus is faithful, and His love endures forever.
The crowd may seem exciting with all its noise and activity, but as far as I can tell,
seeing the miraculous happen in a moment of peace and tranquility is so much more amazing!
The chaos of many voices all vying to be heard is very discouraging, but
my one voice is important to Jesus.
Jesus gives new life to those who need it. His resurrection power can bring life into even the most hopeless of situations.
I choose Jesus!
What about you?