Mark 3:6-8 Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him. But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was doing, came to Him.
Often we observe that the scribes, Pharisees and other religious leaders had a very different reaction to Jesus than the common people did. The people traveled great distances to see Him. They listened attentively as He taught, recognizing an authority and a weightiness to His words. They humbly brought their brokenness and need before Him to receive healing, deliverance and help from Him
The elites were not like this. They listened to judge and criticize. They came to see Him in order to condemn Him. They were jealous of the demonstrations of His power which made them all too aware of their own lack of power. And for them, this is what it was all about – power. They didn’t care about the people who were in such need, they cared about themselves and protecting their own positions.
The elites wanted prestige, reputation and position. The common people just wanted Jesus. One group pursued what was temporal and the other, what was eternal. Each made a choice, just as we do. Choose wisely beloved.