Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them."
The grandest parties I've ever attended were wedding receptions. The bride, always radiant, and the glowing groom are the center of attention, from toasts, to cake-cutting, to that first dance as man and wife. The families and guests of the couple are jovial and celebratory as libations flow and banquet tables are heaped with generous fare. Now is definitely not the time to think about your diet; this is the moment to revel in the festivities and make merry while the bride and groom remain at the gathering. This is their special day and you were thought of enough to be included in it. The party will be over before you can find yourself wanting it to be.
Jesus knew His time on earth was brief. His presence among His disciples and followers was an experience to be cherished, treasured, and celebrated. The time for mourning and for fasting would come all too soon. But, for now, with the Bread of Life and the Living Waters close at hand, Jesus invites all to partake of this glorious, once-in-a-lifetime repast. Indeed, while He dwells among them, it's time to party on!
Psalms 38 or 119:25-48
1 Samuel 20:1-23
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