Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man. – John 2:23-25
When people saw the miracles that Jesus performed, they began to follow him in ever-increasing numbers. Some were amazed by His power, some wanted a free lunch, and still others considered the possibility that there might be more to come. Even today, many are drawn to the mega-churches by the quality of the entertainment provided (better staging, music, programs, etc.).
The dictionary defines “popularity” as “commonly liked or approved.” Jesus was indeed popular, but He wasn’t fooled by the empty praise. He knew the heart of every single individual who followed him (or even claimed to do so). He even knows why you and I follow Him today. Jesus knows the true nature of our hearts and, therefore, there is simply no use in pretending.
Are we in it for His glory or our comfort? He knows.
The gospel which they so greatly needed, they would not have; the miracles which Jesus did not always choose to give, they eagerly demanded. – Charles Spurgeon