Then some students of John the Baptizer came to Jesus (58). They asked, “Why is it that we & the Pharisees fast frequently, but your students don’t fast at all?”
Jesus answered, “Do you expect the guests at a wedding party to be sad as long as the bridegroom is with them? Of course not! But the day will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will have reason to fast.”
Jesus came to offer people new life in a new relationship with God. He used these illustrations to emphasize that new fasting helps us draw closer to God, while old fasting does not.
“No one patches up an old coat with a piece of new cloth, for the new patch will shrink and make an even bigger hole in the coat!
“And no one pours new wine into old, used wineskins; if they do, the old wineskins will burst, the wine will pour out, and those old wineskins will be ruined!
“Instead, new wine must always be poured into new wineskins; that way, both the wine and the wineskins are preserved.
“But if you keep on drinking the old wine, you’ll never want the new.”
(58) Matthew 9:14-17, Mark 2:18-22, Luke 5:33-39 (and Isaiah 58:6-8)