“When does it end?” It is one of the first questions we ask when we start on a fast. It is assumed that fasts don’t last forever. It is an intermittent activity. Some of us plan our fast so it doesn’t come in conflict with a wedding or a vacation.
Fasting for the Church, the Bride of Christ is an intermittent activity. It is something that followers of Jesus Christ will eventually stop doing. Hear this conversation between the disciples of John the Baptist and Jesus.
Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. – Matthew 9:14,15
Jesus necessitates Fasting. He expects His followers to fast. He says “they will fast” (v.15). We fast because we long for the Bridegroom to come. We forfeit pleasures to express the consummate joy of seeing our saviour. We often deny ourselves comforts to express the inheritance we are to acquire at the end. So, Fasting will eventually end when Jesus returns.
Come Lord Jesus Come!