Week 1 - Joy // Day 1
Matthew 9:10-15 (ESV) 10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Have you thought of the Master largely in terms of sorrowful self-sacrifice? Then note carefully today’s picture of Him as he sit at dinner. He is plainly happy. He is with his friends and is helping people who need help, and he so rejoices in his work that he compares his disciples and himself to a bridal party on a honeymoon. Even when we turn from such a scene as this to think of the days of Jesus’ persecution, we find the note of joy unquenched. “Rejoice in that day,” he says, “and leap for joy.” “The fruits of the Spirit,” according to Paul, “are love, joy, peace…” Is your life, by its radiation of real good-cheer and goodwill, bearing testimony to your friendship with the Master?