Now We Can Fast

“Then they said to him, ‘John’s disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees,
frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink.’” Luke 5:33

Now We Can Fast

In the context of the kingdom of heaven being established by Jesus it appeared that he was being monitored by a host of Pharisees and intellectuals of the law. They too had heard of Jesus’ miracles and good works—but at all points completely missed the power of God working right before their eyes for three years.

Nevertheless, it is here that we see that Luke features Jesus as on the move and in charge! His redemptive mission was all-encompassing as he taught in the synagogue and on the country-side, ministered to crowds of the sick; selected his disciples; and attended gatherings with food and drink hosted by publicans.

On a spiritual level we see that adversity appears while believers are on the move following their call to serve—especially during Lent. What is Jesus’ example here? I believe it is to boldly address the adversity with the truth of his heavenly agenda just like he did in the wilderness when he was tempted by the adversary. So, it goes in this text that believers must know the truth of the Word in order to convey the truth not only to the unsaved but to adversaries.

The first thing the adversaries in the text wanted to know was “Who did Jesus think he was…forgiving sins as only God could do?” So, we see here that with all that Jesus achieved all the time, the Pharisees and intellectuals were so out of step with what God was doing in the world until they did not even recognize the Son of Man, Jesus, as God in the flesh—even though he was doing what could be done only by God.

The second question was why did Jesus commune with publicans and “sinners?” Jesus responded again with the divine truth about his earthly mission which was to call sinners to repentance. He didn’t bless them out for not seeing the value of all he had done in the region but gave them the bottom-line of his earthly ministry—to call sinners to repentance.

The adversaries’ third question “Why didn’t Jesus’ disciples fast like the Pharisees and John’s disciples instead of eating and drinking?” Here we see that Jesus addressed their inability to resonate with and respect his divine presence, purpose, and power. The adversaries needed to know that Jesus was the bridegroom who would die on the Cross; be buried in a borrowed tomb; only to rise from his grave on the third day. That as the risen Savior he would ascend to heaven and then as the blessed Bridegroom he will come back for his Bride which is the church—the redeemed of the Lord!

If the we believe the truth of this gospel, now we can fast.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes

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