Thursday, February 8, 2018

February 8

Many view following Jesus as a religious, and overwhelming hardship. If that’s your view, you’ve made it into something it’s not. Jesus has never put a burden on you. During the early part of Jesus’s ministry, John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees were fasting while Jesus’s disciples were just enjoying His company and learning. They asked Him why they weren’t fasting; He told them that you don’t fast while the bridegroom is with you. He then told them the parable about old wineskins and new wine. We must remember that Jesus disciples were not religious men and to place the burden of fasting on a new follower would have been too much for them and may have caused them to run away; thus causing the old wineskins to burst. We must be careful not to place too many religious burdens on new believers; loving Jesus should be easy, sweet, and pleasant.

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins." Mark 2:22

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