3. A third group around the cross represented the common people and their attitude toward Jesus was one of deepest sympathy. No one read the story of the crucifixion without wondering what had happened to the multitude that had been singing the praises of Jesus such a short time before. Where were they now? We can only guess. Perhaps they knew nothing about the arrest and trials of Jesus but that is not likely. More than likely they knew all about it but were afraid to oppose the authorities. It was only a small group that was directly responsible for the death of Christ. The majority of the people did not agree with them but were afraid to do anything about it. This is also the attitude of the majority of the people today. They are sympathetic with the cause of Christ but afraid to openly take their stand for Him because of what others might say. Multitudes who loudly sing His praises in church on Sunday lack the courage to take their stand for Him when they are out among the opposition of the world. So they pretend to be neutral forgetting that Jesus said, “Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.” It is so easy to become a Christian. It is so hard to be a real Christian.