PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 9:14-17
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them?” (Matthew 9:15)
To fast is to abstain from food for spiritual purposes.
In the old covenant, there was only one mandated fast, tied to the Day of Atonement.
But there are more examples of times when people chose to fast themselves.
Voluntary fasting expressed a mournful, urgent seeking of God in distressing circumstances.
Why do Jesus and His disciples not practice voluntary fasting?
Because they are not mourning, they are celebrating the arrival of God’s mercy.
In Jewish weddings of the time, the groom’s arrival started the celebration.
Jesus is showing John’s disciples and the Pharisees that He is God’s messiah.
He fulfills the Day of Atonement fast, by making atonement for us!
As Jesus followers we may fast, but we do not need to.
In difficult times, we may voluntarily fast to intensify our prayer.
At the same time, we may also celebrate in times when we sense the joy of Jesus.
Even in hard times, we may celebrate Jesus, because He does change everything.
Has Jesus brought joy to your life, and are other people noticing?
Lord, even though I don’t always feel it, You are bringing love, joy and peace into my life. May this fruit show more and more in my life, and may people notice it and wonder why.