Matthew 21:9 & 26:55 (KJV) “And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, HOSANNA TO THE SON OF DAVID: BLESSED IS HE THAT COMETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.” “In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.”
COMMENTARY: There’s an air of excitement and electricity marching in a parade, as you go by spectators and perform in front of the reviewing stand. Imagine Jesus riding into Jerusalem in a parade-like atmosphere. Multitudes of people are lining the route, emotions and enthusiasm are running at peak levels, and Jesus is being celebrated as the hero of the day. But alas, just a few days later, the atmosphere in the city changes dramatically. Instead of palms, the multitudes now approach Jesus with weapons to arrest Him. Instead of being the “hero,” Jesus is now the “goat.” Jesus is amazed by the fickleness of the people.
APPLICATION: In the workplace, do you enjoy being the hero? The go-to person who takes the initiative and makes good things happen? Have you ever felt a sense of fulfillment as bosses, co-workers, employees or professional peers applaud your labors and successes? As long as you stay focused on Christ and full of the Holy Spirit, it’s all right to enjoy a few moments basking in the sun. You don’t have to feel guilty enjoying the recognition; look at it as a blessing from the Lord. But look out. Just a few days from now, the atmosphere of your workplace may change dramatically. Instead of cheers, you may receive jeers. Instead of compliments, insults. Instead of encouragement, discouragement.
The word “fickle” means inconstant, unreliable, ruled by whims. The fickleness of people hasn’t changed since Jesus’ days on earth. If the people were fickle toward Jesus, then people can and will be fickle with you. Whatever you do today, do it heartily as unto the Lord, and not unto men. He is the One you need to please, and He is the One to whom you will give an account when you die. If you rely on public opinion or consensus for happiness or direction, you’re heading straight for the bondage of discouragement, despair and depression. Don’t go there!
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about 1 Peter 2:20-21 (KJV)，read Faith and Work(s) (James 2:14–26) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.