Sustained by Grace

To God be the glory.

Disciples were always asking questions, and Jesus always answered, but in ways that revealed more than just answering their question.

“Then the disciples of John came to Him, asking, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?‘  And Jesus said to them, ‘The attendants of the groom cannot mourn as long as the groom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the groom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.'” (Matthew 9:14-15 NASB)

Interesting relationship between mourning and fasting. The disciples would mourn for Jesus. His answer revealed more than their question. And then came the lesson.

“But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:16-17 NASB)

I remember who I was, and I remember how I tried to be when at first, I believed. No matter the good intentions perfection was far from me. Why did it take so long before I admitted defeat? A torn garment for many years. But now I have a new one, the old has been discarded. His Holy Spirit sustains me. Completely saved by grace, and totally Christ’s workmanship and thankful beyond measure. To God be the glory for what He has done.