Being a Tired Christian – Luke 5:33-39
Luke 5:33-39 :They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.” Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.” He told them this parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’ “
The Pharisees and teachers of the law who are questioning Jesus here, were full on and committed. They saw the world in terms of rules and regulations, things that must be done and done well. And they worked hard at maintaining those rules. Whereas Jesus brought a new reality, a new authority, He introduced a new approach.
But key to this is that Jesus doesn’t say the old rules are wrong but that they have a time and a place alongside the new reality. In reference to fasting Jesus says, ‘But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.’ So Jesus is saying that the disciples are observing the new reality of a personal relationship with Jesus, but one day they will fast. This new reality that Jesus brings is a deep and personal relationship with God, that through Christ’s death on the cross we are able to come into the presence of God, to experience the Holy Spirit’s power.
Most days I feel this wonderful reality! The Holy Spirit is with me, gently guiding and challenging, the ability to be forgiven gratefully received, the peace and assurance of being in God’s presence a reality! And then I have a day like today.
I suspect I have some sort of virus as I feel drained and quite tired, unmotivated, low energy. And this is when routine and rules are really important for me. I make the decision to spend time immersed in the Word and to pray even though I don’t feel up to it. There are times when the old way of rules is good, and today is one of them!
God I praise you for this amazing passage and for your awesome comfort and direction in the midst of a low day.
Rev Mark Brown
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