Written by Alex Randazzo
Fair Weather Fan
John 12:12-13 – On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.”
John 19:15-16 – So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar. So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified”
James 1:2-4- Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Job 2:10- Shall we accept good from God and not accept adversity?
A fair weather fan is a fan that is eccentric when their team is winning, but once the team starts losing, a fair weather fan abandons the ship real fast. No one wants to be a fair weather fan, but sadly many of us are. We may not be a fair weather fan of a sports team, but many of us our fair weather fans of God’s team.
This coming Sunday is the start of the Passion Week – where Jesus enters Jerusalem before the crucifixion and resurrection. If you open your Bible to John 12, you can read about the story of Palm Sunday. John tells us that when Jesus’s ‘fans’ welcomed him to Jerusalem, they worshiped him. They shouted ‘Hosanna to the King,’ and they laid down there cloaks and palm branches for Jesus to pass over. At this time, Jesus’s fans all seem like die hard fans… you know, the ones who get big tattoos when their team wins the championship.
Flash forward seven chapters to John 19. A week later, those same ‘die hard’ fans now want Jesus to be crucified. Events didn’t go their way, so they quickly turned on Jesus. Even Jesus’s own disciples left him when the going got tough the night Jesus was betrayed.
Jesus tells us that in this world we will have tribulation (John 16:33). In many places in scripture we find the reason for this (James 1:2-4, Romans 5:3-5, Hebrews 12:5-11) – God has a plan to grow us, strengthen us, purify us, and bless us. Fair weather fans that jump ship when the going gets tough miss these blessings.
It’s hard to be a Christian at times. When life gets hard, we have two choices. We can either abandon ship, or batten down the hatches. As followers of Jesus, it is our job to make sure we are not fair weather fans.
Do you only follow God when it’s easy?
Posted on Wed, March 25, 2015
by Rick Randazzo