The Weekend Word
John’s Disciples Ask About Fasting
14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast but your disciples do not fast?”
- Jesus was so perplexing – not only to the Pharisees, but also to the disciples of John the Baptist.
- Jesus is about to give them a pretty good answer.
15 And Jesus said to 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.
- Jesus has not been fasting – in fact this question seems to come at the conclusion of a big blowout party with Matthew & the ‘sinners’.
- The time of salvation has come – the messianic age is here – the time of fasting is over.
- Salvation is here – fast no more – eat – drink – TRUST (Faith)
- How is this – it is kind of like the bride fasts to fit into her wedding gown but at the wedding party it is feast time.
- But the day will come that he will be taken away – what day?
- Back to fasting.
16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made.
- Anyone have this experience mending clothes?
- This is going to be a lesson of out with the old and in with the new.
- The kingdom of heaven is here and something new is happening.
17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”
- Summary = Jesus’ person and his deeds reveal that the messianic reign of the last days as promised in the OT has come (Isaiah 2) = “in the last days”
- 1 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. 3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. 5 Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.
- So, his birth, ministry, death and resurrection – what does it mean?
- It means the dawn of the arrival of the new age and brings about as Isaiah prophesied – New Things
- ) a paralytic healed – forgiveness of sin
- So Jesus is not just a patch that can be sown over the clothes – the work of our own piety.
- What has to pass away now that Jesus has come?
- The temple – the sacrificial system – the High Priesthood – anything that is associated with those. – gone – out – finished.
A Girl Raised to Life and the Healing of a Woman
18 While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
- From the other gospels, we know this to be Jarius
- Again, supreme belief / trust – just come and do it.
19 And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples.
- Here someone tell Jesus to come and he does. It is usually the other way around.
20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment,
- Poor Jesus can’t just make a bee line to his next destination without people stopping him along the way.
- This woman is desperate – whatever the blood issue is, she has been “unclean” for 12 yrs. A social outcast.
21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.”
- Luke 8 tells us she had spent all her money looking for cures “43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians she could not be healed by anyone.
22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.
- Note here that Jesus does not disagree with Paul on the issue of faith.
- He declares that faith heals.
- Look at the difference from what comes before – the Pharisees come in unbelief and get nothing – Jarius and this woman come in faith and get what they asked for.
- Again note the difference between doctors and Jesus – Immediately!!!
23 And when Jesus came to the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion,
- He finally gets to Jarius’ house.
- He sees the band playing, the flute players, the “for hire” mourners – and he kicks them all out.
24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him.
- Go away!
- Jesus knows the whole story – the others know only enough to laugh at Jesus.
25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
- Just his touch – she gets up.
26 And the report of this went through all that district.
- The news spreads all over
- Just preach Jesus and the word will spread – it will get out.
- I wonder what the word was that went out?
- Was it “here is another healer – another shaman or…?
- Here is one who is God – he heals and forgives sin.