“Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. They can’t fast while the groom is with them.”
This whole idea of celebrating is often at odds with religious sensibilities. “Too much liberty and too much freedom, and not enough control. People won’t know how to behave, and it’ll ruin everything.” This argument has been used for generations, and will continue to perpetuate itself.
People just don’t know what to do when the presence of Jesus becomes activated in their midst.
There is a wedding! Like all weddings this alters the present status-quo. He has attached Himself to a bride, she is simple, and yet beautiful. Room is made for the outcasts and mentally ill. For she is the Church, made up of rascals and ragamuffins who have had their many sins forgiven! All are invited.
We are limited in our religious duty of fasting. It is definitely not appropriate in the light of this good news. Simply put, we cannot advance our religious reputation in this new environment. It’s not about us at all! Joy has taken over, and we can do nothing but stand in wonder. Jesus Christ has become “all, and in all”.
To follow Jesus must mean we are people of joy and celebration! The old concepts of religious effort are nullified, plain and simple. It really isn’t required, but it is understood that we will rejoice. We will begin to party!
Joy is to infuse our understanding, and it will lift us to the place where life becomes infected with the contagion of heaven. It is an epidemic spreading to every believer. The Universe has become the stage when worship is the only solution to the history of man.
His Presence has tipped the scales, and He has formulated Himself as the center of the whole ‘kit and caboodle.’ A joyful romance is at the very essence of everything. C.S. Lewis once said that “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”
When it all comes down, we are transferred into the status of the amazed. What has happened has caused us to take a breath, and step back in wonderment. Jesus is the Revolution! We are brought to the place where we belong, we are nothing more than witnesses and participants in His exaltation. We must rejoice in the joy of the Bridegroom!
- Worship/Praise playlist (musingsofachristiangirl.wordpress.com)
- A Marriage Made in Heaven (livingwatersoutreach.wordpress.com)
- When Should We Fast? (windhambaptist.wordpress.com)
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Dear Pastor Bryan, thank you for your message and I agree if we take the Joy out of our lives or Heaven as C.S. Lewis said in context, it is very serious. But I’m not referring to the Happy Clappy joy or even happiness that fads or to humour that mocks, or is hurtful or rude but to deep inner Joy that overflows in thankfulness and worship. How very sad when people take the Joy out of Heaven and Heaven out of Joy.
God tells us there is a time for everything even Laughter and Hate, in this world we are to hate all evil but so many try to explain away God’s gift of humour even wrongly translating the Hebrew without considering the context. Wisdom and Wit are in unity when a heart deeply Loves God and so is deep inner Joy that is not found in the material things of this world.
I remember in my years of battling Depression because of a wrong Medical diagnose and also guilt because of the evil I had done, I could not express myself in humour or enjoy the gift of laughter, as they say, I felt like I was in a black hole, I could not climb out of, I no longer even felt worldly Happiness. I had the gift of humour as a child and it was what helped me to cope through the abuse I experienced and I give thanks to God for our emotions without them we would be robots.
When I create my Power points that focus on God’s Creation, many times I have been in Awe of our Awesome Creator God and cried tears of Joy that brings me to thankfulness and worship and I know that the Joy in Heaven will be greater and even more then we can imagine. Those who deny both and yes some do claim there is no Heavenly abode, miss out on the Hope that we have in Christ Jesus of a Paradise without any suffering and also deep inner Joy and happiness now.
Thank you again Pastor Bryan and may you experience all God’s rich blessings.
Christian Love from both of us – Anne
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