Here’s the setting: Jesus has gathered some disciples, has turned 30 gallons of water into delicious wine at a wedding reception, and has flipped some tables in a raging frenzy against commercializing worship in the Temple at Jerusalem in order to fulfill what was written of him in Psalm 69:9, “Zeal for your house will consume me”.

Needless to say, some loved him and some hated him.  But there is a middle group, too.  In John 3:23 we read, “many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing.”  Sounds decent enough, right?  Well, for some reason “Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them”.

Why did Jesus not entrust himself to people who supposedly “believed in his name”?  Answer: “because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man” (3:25).

Fact of the matter is that what is in man is sin.  Jesus knows this; it is this problem that Jesus came to die for.  But, didn’t these people “believe in his name”? Answer: They did so far as being impressed by his miracles.  Perhaps they just wanted to be a part of a revolution, something different, something fresh.  They were Jesus’ groupies with no real desire for him, apart from the miracle shows.

Jesus is not looking for mere fans.  Jesus is looking for worshipers, for disciples who know exactly who he is.

Profile of a Jesus fan:

– Never confesses personal sin

– Always offers advice, but never asks for it

– says, “I’ll pray for ya!”  in the place of “goodbye” whenever he leaves.  Then never prays.

– Thinks not swearing, no secular music, and a wardrobe of “sanctified” T-shirts is what makes him righteous

– Will not hang out with non Christians

Profile of a worshiper of Jesus:

– continual repentance

– Faithful and diligent study of the Word

– seeks counsel from wise Christians

– Prays for others, and is honest with prayer requests

– Intentionally hangs out with non Christians for the sake of speaking/showing the gospel

– knows that his vocabulary, music choice, and wardrobe does NOT recommend him to God; but boasts only in Jesus’ death and resurrection

By now you probably have a list of people who you think are just “fans” of Jesus as opposed to true worshipers.  Stop right there.  Repent.  Jesus alone knows all people and what is in them.  So, repent of your own stuff.