Questions Jesus Asked #79

Luke 5:33-34  (see Matthew 9:15 – Question #11) –  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.”

            34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”  NIV

The people asking Jesus questions were “the Pharisees and teachers of the Law.” This question to Jesus follows some conversation with Jesus’ disciples after he went in to Levi (or Matthew) the tax collector’s house to socialize with some of Matthew’s friends. This was Matthew’s retirement party. Jesus had invited Levi (Matthew) to follow Him, and he did!  It was a time for celebrating and sharing Matthew’s story and Jesus’ invitation.  But some people weren’t happy about the situation. Continue reading

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Celebrate!!!

One of the spiritual disciplines that we are talking about this weekend is celebration.  As     Christ-followers we have a lot of reasons to celebrate; but we often focus on the things that we don’t have or the things that we want to have – so we don’t take time to celebrate what we do have.   The old song says “Count Your Many Blessings.”  We should slow down and take that advice and celebrate those blessings – celebrate the people in our lives; celebrate our standing in Christ; and celebrate the every day pleasures of life.