Sunday 28 February
Jesus brings joy not sorrow
18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, ‘How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?’ 19 Jesus answered, ‘How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.
21 ‘No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.’
At a wedding, a bridegroom gets married to his bride, then everyone has a massive meal and a party.
Jesus says he is the bridegroom who wants to have a relationship with his followers, the bride, because he loves us so much. Now if that's not cause for celebration, nothing is! And when he arrives on the scene, the party can get started. The fasting could stop and the feasting could begin.
When someone invites Jesus into their life, they experience the joy of knowing they are loved by God no matter what (even when life is hard, even people are mean to them, even when they are mean to God). And that's why Christians sing (and sometimes dance) so much... they have so much to celebrate!
Dear Lord, thank you that you love me so much. Please help me to remember your amazing love this week and would that fill me with joy, even in the sad times or the hard times. In Jesus name, Amen.