Christ never courted popularity, and mistrusted the crowd, for he knew how fast crowds could turn. This was seen in Jerusalem: his triumph within a week led to mobs baying for his crucifixion.
Crowds have always been dangerous, and the tribunes who gather power by manipulating them have to give account. They seek power over all. Christ instead call us to be quiet, to be little, so in our lives Christ is glorified and not man.
43 And all were astonished at the majesty of God.
But while they were all marvelling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, 44 “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” 45 But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
46 An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47 But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side 48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among all of you is the one who is great.”