Jesus hung out with troublemakers. And sometimes, worse.
The Apostles, as his friends became known, were a mix of hot-headed, foul-mouthed commercial fishermen, cynical and intolerant rich kids, corrupt public officials, and violent nationalists. Many of these men were faithless and pessimistic. Some even harmed others by charging exorbitant taxes on their own people and committing violent crimes in the name of patriotism.
Some befriended Jesus for the wrong reasons. They thought he would overthrow the government or take over the world with a new empire. Others were just surprised that someone so righteous would accept them into his circle.
But slowly, they all came to understand Jesus and his message of radical love. And those troublemakers grew into a close-knit brotherhood deeply devoted to following Jesus. They found happiness in his teachings despite their beginnings.