Crowds can be fickle. One day they’re yelling “Hosanna!” to Jesus and a few days later they’re crying “Crucify him!” If they weren’t yelling, they had already left him.
Where are we in the mix? The people around us—and the society around us (“the crowds”)—tend to exert a big influence on how we think and what we do. Are we fickle… or faithful?
It’s an appropriate time in history to ask the question. In 1961, 96% of Canadians identified as Christian.
But things have changed—rapidly. Research shows that normal faith-based behaviour (including evangelism, reading the Bible silently in public, or even going to church) is now considered ‘extreme’ by a lot of people. In Canada, more and more people are ‘most uncomfortable’ being around evangelical Christians. Yikes.
Here’s the key question: Will we be fickle or faithful as the world turns on Jesus?
That’s what this Palm Sunday sermon explores on John 12:12-19. It takes us through the text and then suggests four attitudes and actions that will help us to be faithful instead of fickle.
It is called “Fickle or Faithful.”
Below is the YouTube video version. Under that is the audio-only download. You can also access a link to the “growing deeper” background content as a part of The Pulse Podcast.
As mentioned, you can access the extra “growing deeper” background content as a part of The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan (by clicking here) or by finding it wherever you subscribe to podcasts — iTunes (Apple Podcasts), Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or TuneIn). It’s called “Palms, frenzied crowds, and a King of sovereignty and humility.”