Jesus was God, is God, and always will be God. When Jesus was on the earth he was God and man perfectly intertwined. This is a complicated subject that I don’t want to spend a lot of time on other than to say this – Jesus knew everything. He knew the thoughts of people (Luke 5:22). Jesus knew the failures of each of his 12 disciples before they made them. In fact, Jesus knew their future failures when he called them.
He knew Peter would deny him. He knew Judas would betray him.
Jesus still loved them. Jesus still called them. Jesus wasn’t looking for perfect disciples. If he was they wouldn’t have needed to follow him. The same is true with us. Jesus knows our mistakes before you even make them. He still calls us. He still wants us. He still loves us.
Paul put it this way in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Just before that in verse 6 Paul wrote this, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
We see this played out in real time at the last supper in John 13.
Jesus took the last Supper with Judas on one side and John on the other. We know this because John (the disciple Jesus loved) is able to lean back against Jesus at the meal (John 13:22-25) and because Judas is able to dip his bread in with Jesus (John 13:26). Jesus gave Judas one of the chief seats at the meal right before Judas betrayed him and Jesus knows exactly what he is about to do. Jesus also washed Judas’ feet right before this, showing Judas the full extent of his love for him (John 13:1).
The same is true with us. Jesus knows exactly what we are about to do. He knows our failures before we fail. He knows our successes and victories before they are achieved. He still calls us. He still loves us. If we were perfect we wouldn’t need Jesus and we wouldn’t need discipleship. But we aren’t perfect. We do need the One who is!
So come, follow Jesus! This is where you belong.
How humbling is it to be taught by one who knows more about your than you know about yourself?
What does this say about the extent of Jesus’ love in spite of the things we even hold against ourselves? (See John 13:1 – he loved them to the end or the full extent of his love).