Luke 5:33–38 (NKJV)
33Then they said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?” 34And He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them?35But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.”36Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.37And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined.38But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.
We see in this passage where Jesus is confronted with what seems to be a disparity between His disciples and the disciples of John and the pharisees in regards to fasting. It is important to point out the fact that the disciples not fasting was not indicative of the church in the future not needing to fast as some would teach. Jesus stated that there was coming a day that He would not physically be with the disciples and in those days they “WILL” fast. We are now in those days as His disciples!
This passage gives us insight into two principles of fasting. The first, fasting brings us into a place of intimacy with Jesus. He stated that they didn’t have to fast at that time because the bridegroom (a phrase of intimacy) was with them but when He is taken away then they will fast. I believe that speaks of fasting recapturing the intimacy with he Lord that the disciples experienced when He was with them physically.
The second truth we see is found in the parable that followed Jesus’ explanation. Jesus stated that new wine requires new wine skins. Of course we know wine in scripture speaks of the Holy Spirit and Anointing. Jesus reveals to us that fasting brings into a time where we shed our old wineskin and receive a new wineskin so that we can carry the new wine and anointing that the Lord is pouring out. No matter how great our experience with the Lord has been if we hold on to our wineskin for too long what was once a move of God because religious routine and mindsets that can no longer be flexible for the new things that the Lord is pouring out.
As you stay diligent during the fast just remember you are changing even if you don’t “feel” it. You are shedding your old wineskin and receiving a new wineskin. Get ready for the NEW WINE!
— Ron Eivaz