Was Jesus a celebrity?

Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” John‬ ‭12:20–21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” John‬ ‭17:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

These days it seems that the more popular someone becomes in the eyes of the world, the more like Jesus they have become. Let’s ask ourselves today, Did Jesus want to be a celebrity?

In John 12 we see Jesus at the peak of His popularity. Not only was He a star in the Jewish world but people from other nations were wanting His autograph. It was a big deal for Greeks to want an audience with Jesus…or so the disciples foolishly thought.

When reading this passage, it seems Jesus answers their question about meeting the awestruck Greeks with thoughts from a completely different conversation.

What does a dead seed have to do with meeting some Greeks?

Jesus was saying to Philip and Andrew, “I have no concern with becoming a celebrity. My purpose is to die. Without dying, none of this will mean anything.” BOOM!

Only Jesus could have put things so clearly. Our flesh nature cannot receive this word. It contradicts everything in us to reject popularity and celebrity.

The disciples had taken it upon themselves to become Jesus’ PR reps. Jesus did not want that. He rejected the popularity game completely.

Takeaway: Have you mistakenly thought that Jesus wants you to be a celebrity? Have you celebrated those who have become celebrities in the world’s eye as someone being “blessed by God?” Will you join me today in taking up your cross and following Jesus in the death walk?

Will you say no to the fleshly desires of being celebrated and say yes to the way of the Cross?

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