During this past weekend, an estimated 111 million people watched the Super Bowl, a game to decide the National Football League championship.
The number of fans of the event seems to be increasing, but the individual-player fan bases also are increasing. Before anyone knew who the game’s teams were going to be, some players’ fan bases were not too large. But once the teams made it to the big game, players who were almost unheard-of suddenly saw their fan bases explode.
The truth of the matter is that there are a lot of people who jump on the bandwagon when someone or something becomes popular.
It's interesting that there are people who react to Jesus Christ the same way. Throughout the history of societies where Jesus becomes popular, many will flock to be a Christ follower, but when he isn't cool, his fan base dwindles.
The same thing can and does happen on a more personal basis. If someone makes a decision to follow Christ and everything seems to be going well, they are his No. 1 fans but let adversity hit them and many will act as if they don't even know who he is.
The real reason why we ought to follow Jesus is because we believe he is who he claimed to be — the son of God and the savior of the world. We believe he is the way, the truth and the life. In other words, he is the only way to God the father. He embodies truth, and he promises and delivers life eternal. Through good and bad times, we still trust that he knows what he is doing and that what he is doing is for our good. We are his fans because we are committed no matter what.
In the Gospels, Jesus says "Come follow me." Then in the book of Revelation, we are told that "whoever is thirsty" and "whoever wishes" can come and "take the free gift of the water of life." If someone is interested, it's a lifetime commitment, but the benefits are out of this world.