“Jesus hung out with some pretty rough characters….
did he change them or did they change him?”
The answer to this question depends on where you are standing.
If you see Jesus as a man only, then, in your eyes, he would be subject to be changed by the influence of those he hangs out with. If you see and accept Jesus as God in the flesh, then you must recognize that man does not change God, rather God changes man. Often, today, we look and do not see that the change to be must take place in you and me. God remains the same, yesterday, today and forever.
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father…”
John 14: 8-9 NKJV