Is Jesus Good or Bad

Today’s reading is Mark 2:18-22Open Link in New Window

Here is today’s reflection by Helen.

Main points

  • Part of a section of the gospel, starting Mark 1:21Open Link in New Window where Jesus is beginning to assert authority over humans, sickness, evil. He is beginning to anger the Pharisees and Herodians (see Chapter 3 V6)
  • In today’s passage, Jesus is asked about fasting—Pharisees fasted a lot—more than the statutory 5 Jewish fasting days. John’s disciples probably fasting as John was in prison.
  • Jesus first explains that there can be no fasting when he (the bridegroom) is actually with them.
  • Jesus goes on to give 2 pictures indicating the new life which he comes to bring—and that He is the source of the new life—the foolishness of sewing a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, and the foolishness of pouring new wine into old wineskins. Jesus is saying that He supersedes the old law and ceremonies.
  • The challenge for us is to look at the state of our wineskins! Do they need renewal?
  • God gives us a renewal ‘toolbox’ which we perhaps need to open more. It contains prayer and His word.
  • Renewal of our wineskins will enable us to be open to the blessings which Jesus wants to pour into our lives and, through us, into the lives of others.

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