Jeremiah 31:27–34; Ephesians 5:1–32; Matthew 9:9–17
You’ve probably heard it said: “Keep the main thing the main thing.” In Matthew’s Gospel, some are confused and questioning Jesus’ actions. Why is he “eating with tax collectors and sinners?” Why are Jesus’ disciples “not fasting” like them? Jesus responds by pointing them to the main thing.
The Great Physician is eating with ordinary tax collectors and sinners: not the “well,” but the dis-eased, not the “righteous,” but sinners. The Bridegroom is present and the wedding is happening; it is not the time for fasting. New Wine needs new wineskins, not the old structures.
The Great Physician is present for the sick and sinning. The Bridegroom is celebrating with those who want to attend the wedding. New Wine is being preserved in new wineskins for those who desire it.
Today, Jesus is calling! The Great Physician is longing to heal your dis-eases, forgive your sins, and extend mercy to you—not giving you what you deserve. The Bridegroom is present, waiting to eat and celebrate with you. “New” Wine is in fresh wineskins, preserved and available for you. Jesus is calling! Can you hear his call? Jesus is calling out to you: “Follow me.”
Prayer: Jesus, help me follow you. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Wendy Berthelson, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, Cedar Hill, TX.