At one point, Jesus had a big “fan club” in Jerusalem. Mark 11:8-10 describes how people went “in front” and “followed” (in other words, all around Him, a big crowd) shouting “Hosanna!” as Jesus entered the city on a donkey. But as we know, His popularity didn’t last long. Jesus had many “fans” in Jerusalem, but they were “fickle fans.” Few were the true followers who stuck with Him through the hours of testing which ensued.
And it is the same today. Many people indicate that they “like” Jesus, but it is a very shallow “commitment” — if you can even call it that. It is not much more than “liking” a page on Facebook; they “like” the vague idea of the “simple teacher” or “radical revolutionary” Jesus, but there is no real personal commitment to Him as the Lord and God of their life — which the REAL Jesus of the Bible demands. As in Jesus’ day, the tests of time & trials reveal the reality and depth of our commitment to Him. And as in Jesus’ day, not many of the so-called “fans” really end up following.