It was fun watching him, but that's not what I learned. Let me explain. He started on the 10th hole, which means that his last hole of the day would have been the 9th. As he was coming down his finishing hole, Tiger Woods was teeing off of the 1st hole. Yes, that Tiger Woods. The one who hasn't played in several months. Quite possibly the most popular player on the PGA Tour. And this is his first tournament back from injury. There is one thing about Tiger Woods, he brings a following with him. There were so many people in the crowd that it was difficult to walk. On Thursday. The first day. His first hole. It was just crazy.
"Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way." (Luke 19:3-4)How did Jesus respond to Zaccheus, as a person in the crowd? You probably know how the story goes, He wanted to spend some time with him. That's because as Jesus saw the crowds, he saw people! He didn't see the forest, He saw the trees. He saw the tall, the short, the skinny, and the not-so-skinny. He saw faces. He saw expressions of hurt. He saw emptiness. And what He saw didn't move Him to disgust, it moved Him to compassion.
"When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd." (Mark 6:34)
"Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest." (Matthew 9:36-38)Thank you Aaron. Thank you Tiger. You surely didn't know it, but yesterday you reminded me that we are called to the people of the crowd. For they are people who need Jesus!
What do you see when you see a crowd?