While some sought to put Jesus to death, others were doing everything they could to get close to Him:
The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death. Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people (followed) from Galilee and from Judea… He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him. -Mark 3:6-9, NAB
It’s amazing how two groups of people could have so radically different views. The Pharisees were doing everything they could to stop Jesus. Meanwhile, Christ’s followers grew daily. In fact, the large crowd swarmed Him to the point that He had to escape out onto a boat.
The Pharisees were the leaders and thinkers of their time. One would expect them to plainly see who Christ was – many of them witnessed His teachings and miracles firsthand. Instead, they seemed blind to the truth. Their status and place in society had left them focused solely on their own interests.
The leaders and thinkers of our day – the politicians, scientists, and media – seem much like the Pharisees. Their focus is solely on their own agenda. They fear the truth in Jesus Christ because it would shake the very world in which they live. And, instead of exploring faith with an open mind, they use their position in society to try to squash any amount of faith in the world.
While our leaders and thinkers are busy pushing a secular agenda, there are still many people following Jesus like the crowds from today’s verse. Christ may not physically be here with us, but He has sent us the Advocaate, the Holy Spirit, to be with us always.
Where do you line up? Are you the intellectual who refuses to see the truth right in front of you? Or, are you one of Christ’s followers willing to go wherever He goes?