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In the light of the growing tension with the Pharisees as the King advances and the kingdom comes, Luke records the point at which the Pharisees first confront Christ's disciples.
There is a challenge about feasting: why do the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist fast much and pray often, while Christ's disciples eat and drink?
There is a response about fasting. Using the imagery of a wedding feast, Christ says it would be preposterous for the friends of the groom to fast while the groom is present, but they will fast when he is taken away. (There is a brief consideration of whether, in the light of all this, Christians today are feasters or fasters.)
Finally, there is a parable about participation. Avoiding some of the misinterpretations of this parable, we consider the illustrations of clothing, storing and drinking, our Lord challenges the legalistic traditionalism of the Pharisees and their unwillingness to embrace the sweet newness of Christ's gospel ministry.