“For not even His brothers were believing in Him” (John 7:5).

Their desire for Jesus to showcase himself as a religious sideshow reflects not only their failure to believe, but it portrays the vilest form of disbelief — the kind that is willing to promote Jesus as long as he is “propping up” the experience they want to have and the agenda they want fulfilled. Jesus has no desire, however, to make an offering to the vast panorama of religious plurality for the sake of accommodating the subjective whims of the masses. The faith Jesus is seeking to establish is built around two things — a cross, and disciples who pick up their crosses and obediently follow him.

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