“It is too hot!”, I caught myself saying in the middle of summer. Now in the middle of January I would without second thought trade any day for the hottest of summers.
We as human beings are creatures of comfort and so prone to be affected by our immediate circumstance and conditions. We complain because we fail to remember the heat of summer in winter and the cold of winter during summer. We may have a memory of an experience that our bodies tends to forget.
Jesus understood this frailty of human kind. He knew our tendency to forget. In one of the most poignant moments in His ministry Jesus engages the senses of his disciples as he teaches his final lesson. As recorded in John 13, Jesus touches the feet of His disciples to teach servanthood. He breaks bread so they can hear the sound of His broken body. He has them see and taste wine to remind them of His blood that trickled down the cross of Calvary. Then he said, “Do this in remembrance of me”.
Fasting too brings us to a place of remembrance as our senses are jolted out of complacency. It helps us remember the intensity of our cravings to satisfy the body, it helps us remember the things in our life that exercise control over us, it helps us remember the tendency of our flesh to be easily seduced. But in our moments of weakness, Fasting also reminds us to draw near to God. We remember the price paid for sin and above all, we remember the promise of an abundant life ruled by the Spirit and not by the flesh.
May You experience the fullness of Christ and His Blessings!
Galatians 15:24,25 “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
Pastor Prakash Jayajumar