Reading: Matthew 9:14-17
‘Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”’ – Matthew 9:14 (NIV)
We know the story. To the question above, Jesus replied: “The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast” (v.15).
Other familiar stories come to mind. In Bethany, Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to Him, while Martha chose to be distracted by all the preparations that had to be made (Luke 10:38-42). Another time, Mary anointed Jesus with expensive perfume instead of selling it and using the money to help the poor (as deemed more appropriate by those who saw). Again, Jesus said to those who were indignant: “Leave her alone…. Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me” (Mark 14:6-7; John 12:1-8).
My friend, have you had your fill of Jesus? Or are you so distracted with your religious and charitable duties? Jesus, our Messiah is the bread of life who came down from heaven and gives life to the world (John 6:32-35). He is the Living Word–we have the privilege of being taught by God himself (John 6:51). His nourishment assures us of eternal life.
The time may come when we have no means to access the printed Word. Let us eat and feast while we can. But should that day come, be assured:
“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.” – Jeremiah 31:33
“Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.” – Mark 13:11
Be nourished today, my friend, to last the days ahead.
“The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” – John 6:63