He never sought to amuse them!
(Archibald Brown, "The Devil's Mission of Amusement")
Jesus pitied sinners, pleaded with them, sighed over them,
warned them, and wept over them; but He never sought
to amuse them!
When many of His disciples turned away, because of the
searching nature of His preaching—I do not find there was
any attempt to bring them back, by resorting to something
more pleasant to the flesh. I do not hear Him saying, "We
must keep up the gatherings at any cost! So run after the
people, Peter, and tell them we will have a different style
of service tomorrow! Something very short and attractive,
with little, if any, preaching. Today was a service for God
—but tomorrow we will have a pleasant evening for the
people! Tell them they will be sure to enjoy it, and have
a pleasant time. Be quick, Peter! We must get the people
somehow; if not by Gospel—then by entertainment!"
No, this was not how He argued. Gazing in sorrow on
those who would not hear the Word—He simply turns
to the twelve, and asks, "Will you go away also?"