23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. 25 He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man. (John 2:23-25 NIV)
Why did those in Jerusalem “believe” in Jesus? Was it because they truly recognized Him as the long awaited Messiah? Or, did they believe simply because they were mesmerized by what they saw? Evidently there were some in the crowd whose “conversion” wouldn’t last because John tells us that Jesus “would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men.” Were some of those cheering from the crowd that day at Passover some of the same people who were in the crowd shouting, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” at Jesus’ final Passover? There is no way to know for sure, but that certainly wouldn’t surprise any of us would it? That’s the way people are.
Even though He was adored and worshiped for the miraculous signs He did at Passover, Jesus wouldn’t “entrust Himself to them, for He knew all men.” Jesus knew that those who love you and think highly of you one day can spread rumors and berate you the next day. David wrote in his journal, 9 Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. (Psalm 41:9 NIV) If you’ve ever been betrayed like David then you know that he wrote with tear stains on his paper. In Psalm 55, we can read another of David’s journal entries.
12 If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. 13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, 14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng at the house of God. (Psalm 55:12-14 NIV)
Knowing what He knew about people, Jesus still loved them. He didn’t isolate Himself from society because He knew the hearts of people, He loved them. He didn’t retaliate against those who hurt Him–He loved them. Because He loved them we are called to love them as well. That’s a calling that will take more than I can muster so, “Lord, You must love them through me.”
My prayer today, Lord, is that You will empower me to love all people in the same way that You love all people.