The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days. (Luke 5:35)
What’s going on? Why just this verse? As ever with Jesus, people are complaining that Jesus isn’t doing it the old-fashioned way especially when it comes to fasting. Considering fasting is an intriguing topic but not one that is often talked about in Christendom. This verse though gives a good idea of why we fast.
We fast because the bridegroom has been taken away from us. Now obviously by the power of the Spirit and by being true followers of His Word we can proclaim that Christ is with us. However as it is written the Spirit could only come when Jesus Himself left us. So our fasting is an act of desperately waiting for the bridegroom to return – like lovers apart yearning desperately for each other we’re expressing our desire for the loved one to come. Indeed in the meantime that’s why we are referred to as the bride, because we long for the bridegroom to return.
A lot more could be said about what fasting is and it’s various references, but in this verse the focus of the fast is the issue. This highlights again that the act that we do in life whether fast or feast is because of the Bridegroom.
Today’s daily thought has been inspired by my friend Craig Grand. Hey Craig, focus on Jesus!
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