As Jesus achieved some fame they sought to kill him. But the suited Sunday orators bear little resemblance to the meek and humble Jesus Christ of Scripture.
-But no, it was not deliverance from the temptation of suicide that was being offered, it was the temptation to use worldly means to gain recognition..
Every time His disciples or followers tried to take him and promote Him in the eyes of man, Jesus hid Himself.
John 6:15 - When Jesus then perceived that they would come and take him by force to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain alone.."
John 7:3-5 (NLT)
3 and Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles!
The next verse says: "For neither did his brethren believe in him."
-And neither do these self-promoters with their body guards, "faith partners", telethons, appeals for support, and laying up of their treasures here on earth contrary to what Jesus spoke. They are preaching "another Jesus" as Paul warned.
Matthew 8:4 - And Jesus said to him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Mark 7:36 - And he charged them that they should tell no man
Mark 8:26 - he sent him away to his house, saying, Do not go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.
Mark 8:30 - And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
Mark 9:9 - And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.
Luke 8:56 - And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.
Compare Jesus with many famous present day representatives of Christianity today:
John 7:18 - He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory:
John 5:41 I do not receive honor from men.
John 5:43 if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
How we honor the great orators and pretty faces in our day!
But Jesus warned:
John 5:44 "How can ye believe, when you receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only?"
In our church experience it became nauseating to hear the flowery, men-honoring introductions of visiting preachers. And usually those well paid speakers would in turn pay flattery tribute to the pastor. In our old denomination the pastor was exalted and I remember testimonies of the glory of pastor's life and ministry.
Surely Jesus missed a golden opportunity for showmanship in the style of countless other "name brand" ministries of today. What Jesus could have done was taken that fella by the hand and skipped him around the temple a few times so folks would know the healer was in the house.
-Acts 8:9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which before in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
Yet today the modern merchants of Babylon have an industry in Christianity selling "anointed" cloths, Holy Spirit Crusades, Books on "blessings", CD's and syllabus’s, impartation, conferences.... the list is endless. 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness... -Peter told Simon when he wanted to buy a ministry.
Simply put , Diotrephes was a man in charge of a church that loved his position.
"Preeminence" is defined: Superior to or notable above all others; to stand out . That one verse should give a serious heart-check for hidden motives.
Whose disciples are we/ Who do we seek to emulate?
Balaam was drawn away from obedience to God by his respect of persons that flattered him, and God tested his heart..
Sadly, it is God's people who magnify and enable these men to become the spiritual giants they are. And God forgive us for the "glory-to-the-pastor" testimonies and blind loyalty cultivated in our churches.