Thursday, February 23, 2012
Matthew 9:14-15 Can the Wedding Guests Mourn as Long as the Bridegroom is With Them?
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
"Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus answered them, "Can the wedding guests mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast."
In this passage, Jesus is explaining that his time with the disciples is short. He, the Messiah, has very little time on earth. His time should be used to celebrate and usher in the Kingdom of God. His example of the bridegroom is important during the Lenten Season because it points to his crucifixion. God incarnate, will sacrifice himself for our sins out of his profound love for us.