Some of the same people who flocked to Jesus’ signs later fled from His sayings. “A huge crowd followed him, attracted by the miracles they had seen him do among the sick” (Jn. 6:2, MSG). The same crowd who was convinced of Jesus’ Messiahship and wanted to crown Him king, deserted Him a day or two later (Jn. 6:14-15, 66). This was in the aftermath of His feeding the 5,000 men, not counting women and children, the only miracle of Christ recorded in all four gospels. Riding a brief wave of popularity, Jesus did not cater to the crowd, but rather withdrew from them. Unlike many modern preachers and politicians, Jesus was never swayed by the opinions of the masses, knowing they could change instantly like the wind. Remember, some of the same people who waved palm fronds and sang “Hosanna to the King, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,” later screamed “give us Barabbas” and “crucify Him” to Pontius Pilate. People’s emotions and opinions fluctuate like the stock market. Human nature is fickle—likely to change, not constant or loyal in affection.Read More
When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended as a dove upon Him. Then God the Father spoke audibly, “This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Mt. 3:17). What a divine endorsement and spectacular display of the supernatural! Notice what happened next: The snake showed up, Jesus was led into the wilderness to endure forty days of intense temptation by the devil.
It’s not unusual for bats to find refuge in a belfry (a bell tower either attached to a church steeple or another structure). In a figurative sense, to have “bats in one’s belfry” is an idiom that means to have crazy ideas, to be very peculiar, erratic or foolish. For example, if you think you can row across the ocean in a boat, you have bats in your belfry—you’re nuts.Read More