“How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?” – Mark 2:18 (Mark 2:18-22)
John’s disciples fasted.
Tha Pharisees’ disciples fasted.
Tha Sun’s disciples feasted.
Some folks came ter tha Sun and asked, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?”
Tha Sun answered in a manner similar ter this:
“The groom’s party eats well at the wedding. Wine flows, fancy food is brought out. All eat as much as they like, for the wedding feast is a time for celebrating. Now is such a time. I am the groom. Those who come to me celebrate with me. Only later, after I have gone, will they recall the good times we enjoyed and mourn and fast.”
Seeing as how many still be confused, he explained his coming out party like this:
“I am not a new patch. I am a new robe to be worn. I am not a new patch to be sown onto your old self. If you try, you will make the tear worse, the terror you feel worse. In the same way Adam and Eve needed new garments to cover their nakedness, so you need my new robe. In the same way Adam and Eve tried to cover over their sin with fig leaves, so you try to put a patch over your sin. It will not work. I alone can clothe you in the righteousness you need.
“I am new wine. Your old wineskin can not hold me. I am too fresh, too alive. Your old self cannot contain my Spirit. You need to be born anew. Only then will you be able to preserve my Spirit within you.”
This be tha sort of thing tha Sun said. Not his exact words, mind ya, but a general idea of what he be saying ’bout wine and wineskins, patches and putting on new garments.
Thar be a joyful wedding.
Thar be new wine, tha best ever.
Thar be new garments fer tha wedding party.
And ya be invited. Will ya come and be a part of tha groom’s wedding party?