While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 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?” 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 2:15-17
I guess I am not a big fan of the whole “stealing Christmas” notion. You know, the news stories about how this city or that school has outlawed nativity scenes and has thus “stolen Christmas” from those of us who are religious and who want those things in the public square. Or that neighbors or co-workers have a “Holiday Tree” instead of a Christmas tree, and thus have stolen Christmas from us. Or that our secular society makes more noise about the commercial side of the season than about the spiritual side and, thus, has somehow stolen Christmas from those of us who are spiritual. The whole idea of “stealing” is that someone to whom the thing did NOT belong removed it from someone to whom the thing DID belong. But, to whom does Christmas belong? If it is all about the coming Christ child, for whom did He come?
It is clear enough why Jesus came. “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” This is clear not only because Jesus said this in such certain terms. It is also clear by how he spent his time, and with whom he spent his time, and by how he taught, and by how he seemed …