But Jesus didn’t entrust his life to them. He knew them inside and out, knew how untrustworthy they were. He didn’t need any help in seeing right through them.
You’ll find those verses at the end of chapter 2 in John’s gospel (this is the Message version.) John was commenting on the on-lookers who were watching people trust Jesus, as they listened to him. Watching people believe.
I guess Jesus could spot those for whom the penny had dropped, and those who were just there for the ride and the experience, and couldn’t let their cynicism go.
The gospels, particularly John, have this way that they are written in 3D. You can see Jesus, you can see him being trusted, and in the same scene being hated – and dealing in love with both groups. And it’s so clear there at Calvary, though it is only us, looking back, who have that panoramic perspective, as we know what happened next.
If any of you were youngish Christians in the 80s you may have boogied to Steve Taylor. He’s still around, though making films. We saw ‘Blue Like Jazz’ premiered at Greenbelt last year. A Christian 18 movie, but boy is the grace message powerful.
Anyway, if you want to hear contemporary Christian music from that era, have a lugful of the track below, which is about the anti-Christian press in America then. The one below, if you can cope with Meat the Press, show Steve in action doing his greatest hit. Watch kindly, we were only young then….