Rules, Freedom, and Fasting

This past week I was encouraged that many people I know are giving up something for the Lenten season. I also enjoyed doing an Ash Wednesday – type service for several where we put ashes on our heads. That sounds pretty traditional, right?

While last week was an adventure in ritual, this week’s sermon will be about release from ritual.  More specifically, it will be about Rabbis hell-bent on rules and regulations.

Thank You, Jesus, that I can take great value in traditions, but I am not condemned in Christ if I do not keep them.

Do you find yourself drawn more to rules or liberality?

For instance, do you prefer to “wing it” or do you need to read the instructions first?

Surprisingly, God doesn’t make things as mutually exclusive as we.  He condoned fasting as well as not fasting.  He did not come to destroy the Law, and yet He came to deliver freedom from it.

I love what Jesus said in Matthew 11:18-19

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon!”  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax-gatherers and sinners!”

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2 comments on “Rules, Freedom, and Fasting
  1. Beverly Timmons says:

    Thanks for the encouragement and reminder that Christ has set us free from the law, and from the things we try to make up to connect with God can be helpful but are not required
    …the reminder that He is God and we are not is so necessary!

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