Last week we gathered at the Church for a funeral and 3 days later we had 2 baptisms and also heard about a new baby coming. There is a time and a place for everything. Jesus was not going to be dictated by the Pharisees as they gathered to criticize Jesus for not following the law. There is a challenge here in the following verses to us who have been in the Church for many decades. Forgive us Lord if we take our eyes from the victorious life we can have following you and put our minds to following outdated customs and traditions. As you read the following verses ask yourself, what is Jesus saying to me?
Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” Mark 2:18-22, ESV