What Did Jesus See in Us?

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. (John 2:23-25 ESV)

I suppose one could say that Jesus has observed the sins of the people he encountered while he was growing up and during his ministry. When he performed miracles, people started to believing in him as the Messiah and Son of God. He was careful not to subject himself to them and their influence because he can see their true motives. “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

The hearts of every person is tainted with a sinful nature. And so even though he came down from heaven to be close to us, he kept himself holy, entrusting himself only to God the Father. Jesus was the only One who lived without sinning, surrendering himself to perform only the will of his Father. I suppose there may have been a temptation for Jesus to become proud with fame. To be adored and loved by others is every person’s desire, so much that many would do anything to just please people; but not Jesus.

His view of mankind was not limited to his time spent on earth. Remember, he was with God and the Holy Spirit in the beginning, before anything was created. He saw the fall of man and how evil entered into the world. And he witnessed the progression of sin and the destructive effects it had on everyone and everything. There is nothing that can be hidden from his view because his depth perception captures every thought that we have. That would cause any of us to bow down to him with embarrassment and shame because there is no way we can look at Jesus in the eye and say that we are innocent.

Knowing this about me, I am even more thankful for his compassion and mercy. His love for us goes way beyond being unconditional because he laid down his life to pay off the debt of our sins. He knew what was in man, the flaws, corruption, and evil desires. And he also saw that we were helpless because we could not discipline ourselves to fully obey God’s laws. And so he decided a very long time ago, with his Father and the Holy Spirit, that he would help us and redeem us from being eternally separated from him. Now how valuable do you think you are to him?

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