The opposition to the Gospel has always been as a crowd. Notice in J. Stalkers quote how the opposition needed to come as a crowd…it comes the same way today. The Bible shows opposition as a group, but Christ says that we must make an individual decision.
“In Jesus’ final week, He appeared again in the city and engaged in His old work of healing and teaching. But on the second of these days the authorities interposed. Pharisees, Sadducees, and Herodians, high priests, priests, and scribes were for once combined in a common cause… They entered into a keen and prolonged controversy with Him on points selected beforehand, putting forward their champions of debate to entangle Him in His talk, their distinct object being, either to discredit Him with the audience or to elicit something from His lips in the heat of argument which might form a ground of accusation against Him...
Hour by hour He steadfastly met the attack. His straightforwardness put their duplicity to shame..., and convicted them of such ignorance or lack of candor as completely put them to shame before the onlookers… He exposed their hypocritical practices in sentences that fell like strokes of lightning and made them a scorn and laughing-stock, not only to the hearers then, but to all the world since.’”
A loud crowd of doubt is not courage. We must make an individual decision, and whoever believes will be saved…a loud crowd of doubt does not decide truth.
John3.16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Phil1.20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
1Cor12.27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
 Stalker, J. (1882). The life of Jesus Christ (117–118). Chicago: Henry A. Sumner and company.
Published on Monday, March 9, 2015 @ 4:51 AM CDT