Luke 5:33-39 “They said to him, ‘John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.’ Jesus answered, ‘Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.’ He told them this parable: ‘No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’ '”
If you’re a church goer in the Western world, you may have noticed that communion is often referred to as “celebrating the Lord’s Supper.” When Jesus was present here on earth physically with His disciples, He wanted them to celebrate His life and His presence.
When He broke bread and passed around wine at the Last Supper, prior to His crucifixion, He commanded that His followers continue to do this after His death and resurrection, so as to celebrate His sacrifice for our sins. “…This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19) “And when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same way, after supper He took the cup saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.'” (1 Corinthians 11:24,25)
Rather than focus only on the weight and pain of our sin, we are to celebrate the sacrifice Jesus did on our behalf. – It is truly a joyous thought that He willingly gave His life and took the weight of all our sin on His shoulders, in order to fulfill the ultimate price of sin before Holy God, and conquer eternal death apart from the presence of God! “Amazing love, how can it be, that You my King would die for me!”
Rather than put on an outward show of works, thinking we can impress God, or wanting to impress others with our outward holiness, we should have joy in His presence, and celebrate His goodness. After all, there will be a big party/banquet in heaven one day, as we celebrate the Lord’s work in us for all eternity! “Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God.'” (Revelation 19:9) “Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:2) As a part of the worldwide church of our Savior, we who have a relationship with Christ are His bride. “…Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant bride, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:25-27) My friends, let us celebrate – come on!