An old adage states that opposites attract. We find this true for many things in life.
What I think is more interesting, however, is this verse in the Bible concerning opposites:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10 NIV)
Summary: Jesus is telling us what His true purpose was on earth – to bring us life (eternal) in Heaven above. This is discussed throughout the Gospels, and is the main storyline behind the Bible: come to Jesus so that you may have life (and have it more abundantly).
However, the opposite comes in to place when Jesus speaks first about thieves and their purpose in life. Their purpose is bringing sin into our lives – and in turn, destroying us.
So how do these opposites attract?
Simply put, Jesus did not come to save the righteous, but to save the sick:
16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2: 16-17 NIV)
I think this is an important aspect for us to remember this Christmas season. Jesus came to save everyone. You may be a believer, and have already received the free gift of Salvation from God. However, have you shared this gift with others?
Jesus didn’t spend extra time with righteous ones. He sought out those who needed Him. He sought out opposites.