Eating and Fasting

  1 hour

  5 April 2022

In Luke 5:27-39, we read that the Pharisees complained against Jesus and his disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Jesus’ answer was both simple and profound. Jesus is the physician of the soul, and it makes sense for Him to be with those who are sick with sin. Then they said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, but Yours eat and drink?” And He said to them, “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new one tears, and also the piece that was taken out of the new one does not match the old one. Jesus’ point is clear. You can’t fit His new life into the old forms. This explains why Jesus did not begin a reform movement within Judaism, instead, he worked with the rabbinical schools. Jesus came to introduce something new, not to patch up something old. This is what salvation is all about. In doing this, Jesus doesn’t destroy the old (the law), but He fulfills it.