How did He do it? How was He so popular among so many? What was it about Jesus that drew others to Him? There’s no doubt He performed great miracles. One cannot dispute the fact that His deeds outshined all the rest. He cast out demons on numerous occasions. But was this the only reason people flocked to see Jesus by the thousands? Is this the reason they pushed and shoved their way to find THE WAY? Granted, Jesus’ actions were substantial and I’m sure this was part of the power that drew others to Him, but I would suggest that the main reason people were attracted to Jesus was the love He exhibited. Think about it, why else would children want to crowd around Him? Why else would women and men of all ages clamor to be close to Him? Miracles can be counterfeited. Magicians of Jesus’ day performed great deeds. Gifts can be imitated; even duplicated. History is chalked full of folks promoting their “talents”. But, love is something that cannot be feigned! People aren’t naïve. They can spot a fake a mile away. When one shows love to another human being it manifests what a person IS…not what a person DOES. Jesus set the record straight when He said, “By their fruit you will know them!” Miracles have a tendency to fade, but love; genuine, heart-felt, through thick-and-thin love can’t be faked. It’s a fruit of the spirit which is internal and remains everlasting. Of the three: faith, hope and love, love is the only one which shall stand the test of time. Prophecies, tongues, spiritual deeds will all fade away but love never will! THIS is the reason I believe Jesus was so irresistible. The power of Jesus wasn’t really in the miracles He performed as much as it was in the message He left for us! Our day and age is marked by the fanatic, the ‘impressive’ or the imaginative. Jesus’ day (and every day since) is marked by love; true, unmitigated, genuine, everlasting love. Remind yourself: we will be known and remembered by what we are rather than what we do. The beauty we portray shouldn’t come from outward adornment, instead it should come from one’s inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight (1 Peter 3: 3-4).
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.