For the most part, as children, we are taught to stay away from strangers.
Don’t talk to them, don’t get into cars with strangers.
As teenagers, we are taught to be cautious of those we do not know. Be aware of your surroundings. Look around you and choose your friends wisely.
As adults, this mentality transcends with the periodic ‘do something nice for a stranger’ sprinkled in.
I don’t like going on vacations or road trips with people I don’t know.
Mainly because I have many friends that I hold dear to my heart and quite frankly I would rather spend my time with them. Not those I do not know.
Why then would it surprise me to read that Jesus also wishes to spend time with those people that he knows?