“And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were mourning and lamenting Him” (Luke 23:27).
Jesus always distinguished between a crowd and disciples. Being among a crowd interested in spiritual things doesn’t mean you are a devoted follower of Jesus. Within every church crowd are those that can be called “almost converts.” They’re akin to the professional mourners that followed ancient funeral processions, believing they would gain spiritual merit. It’s disconcerting to imagine that there are those who attend church all their life and end up being just part of the crowd; religious professionals who remain on the perimeter watching; never making the decision to truly follow Him.