Mark 2: 18-22
18 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?’ 19Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.
21 ‘No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.’
In Today’s world it is hard not to be caught up in what is going on around us. In these verses Jesus is making it clear to the disciples that one day he will be crucified and they will be sorrowing over his loss. He is preparing them for his crucifixion. Like the disciples, we are in preparation for the Day when we will meet our Maker. It is also clear, when we decide to fully submit to God, we cannot try to fit His commandments into our closely guarded traditions. As we are not in the Lenten season, let us loose our grip on our traditions and embrace the new and fresh revelations God desires to give to us. Let us embrace the change for, as Christians When Change Comes, we must be seen as NEW creatures.
Dear Lord, Create in us clean hearts. As we submit to your word, your will and your way help us to become more like you. Lord you know it is not easy to accept change, but we know with you all things are possible, and Lord I ask that we will be able to handle our change. Enlarge our territory and make us to be a blessing to someone who does not know YOU. Thank you Lord for giving us the courage to fast. Strengthen us daily, as we are faced with the temptations of this world. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Lady Cheryl P. Peters