Everywhere Jesus went, he drew a crowd. The Gospel writers mention it numerous times. It’s also apparent that not everyone in those crowds was there for the right reasons. Some were genuinely interested while others were there for personal gain. That reality should comfort, convict, and challenge leaders in the church.
It should comfort those who have experienced the the frustration of people who refuse to wholeheartedly commit. It should convict those who think the crowds are indisputable evidence of success. It should challenge everyone to to call for the kind of commitment that Jesus demands.