Do you ever think that you are the only person who is imperfect? Maybe that isn’t the right question; maybe the question should be, do you think you are the only Christian that is imperfect? This has been a struggle of mine, and I’ve concluded that I am imperfect, and that is all right.
In March of 2020, I wrote a post about a new series created about the life of Jesus. This series was The Chosen, and they just released Season 2. According to the Christian Post, “The Chosen” was the No. 1 crowdfunded media project in history, raising over $11 million from more than 16,000 investors who wanted to see season one made. After Season 1 was finished, they set to work on raising the money to produce Season 2.
I have been guilty of reading the Bible and treating all that I read as stories. I know that the accounts in the Bible are true, but I still struggle with relating to them as real people. People who had feelings, responsibilities, fears, doubts, and struggles. Even though it is with actors, watching this series is letting me see the disciples as “people” instead of just stories.
I know that this series is taking some artistic liberties, but I’ve looked up many of the references in the series, and I’ve been able to find them in the Bible. The artistic liberties come in the form of the daily life of the disciples, their conversations, and their struggles.
In the 3rd episode of Season 2 (I’m not going to give away the story), you see the disciples all arguing. It seems like most of them had an issue with Matthew, and since he was a tax collector, that was a good assumption. We know that other Jews did not like the Jewish tax collectors since they were complicit with the Roman government.
I never gave it much thought, but why did Jesus pick Matthew? Why was he one of the chosen since the other disciples would have hated him? I thought that all of the disciples sat around singing gospel hymns and loving one another since they were all following Jesus, but that probably wasn’t the case.
The more that I thought about the choice of Matthew, the more I decided that it was another lesson that the Lord wanted to teach all of us. It probably wasn’t a coincidence that the Lord keeps telling us to love our neighbor since the disciples might have struggled with that issue themselves.
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
The disciples were men before they were disciples, and they were imperfect. Jesus called them despite their imperfections, and maybe, even BECAUSE of them.
I love the fact that even after they were CHOSEN, they were still imperfect. Jesus did not kick them off His team; He loved them despite their imperfections just like He loves us.
Yes, I am imperfect, but Jesus still loves me! He chose me, and He chose you. Now it is our time to CHOOSE HIM!
To God Goes The Glory!!!
Have A Blessed Day!!!