During His public ministry here on earth, Jesus saw tens of thousands of men, women, youth and children. He saw them with gracious, loving eyes. He still does. Does Jesus have any other way of seeing us? Yes, if someone was a hypocrite, he or she better get ready for harsh rebukes and public shame. Nothing was off the table until Jesus turned around a hypocrite.
Then again, what are the incredible implications if Jesus wasn’t a hypocrite? It would mean that Jesus didn’t just say walk a second mile. He had done it. Maybe more than once. Jesus didn’t just say turn the other cheek. He had been slapped. Hard. Jesus didn’t just say give your shirt. When sued, He gave the man His coat as well.
What’s more, Jesus didn’t stop. On the day of His death, Jesus, already severely flogged, endures fist after fist smashing into His face. Then Jesus walks, haltingly, up the hill to His place of crucifixion. There, Jesus is disrobed, nailed, lifted up, and left hanging between heaven and earth while Roman soldiers divide up all of His clothes.
Today, Jesus walks with us, every mile. When we fail Him, Jesus forgives us and turns the other cheek. Yes, He always knows we will fail Him again. Still, He clothes us with His own robes of righteousness. And that is how the Lord God sees us, right now, no matter what. Again, what a Savior!