Fasting For God’s Kingdom (Mark 2:18-22)

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Fasting For God's Kingdom

Mark 2:18-22

1. Fasting is Spiritual
Fasting is a legitimate expression of Christian spirituality. For a follower of Jesus who wishes to be spiritual, to walk in a living and active faith, it is good from time to time, to fast. Especially at around this Easter season, as we remember our Lord Jesus who laid down his life in order to save our own from death and destruction.


The goal of Christian fasting, in fact, is not going without but getting. Our abstaining always serves some greater end and purpose — some eventual gain, not loss. We say no to ourselves now, by faith that we will receive something better from God later.



2. Fasting with Prayer brings Reward
Without a Spiritual purpose, it’s not Christian fasting. It’s just going hungry. what Spiritual fruit might We receive from God in response to our purposeful Christian fasting?


Answers to earnest prayer
More of God himself



3. Fasting Points Us to God’s Kingdom
When we fast, the aches in our stomachs and pains in our gut are reminders that Jesus is the true food, not our daily bread, and that Jesus is the true drink, not our typical beverages.


We know that the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven and now is seated at the right hand of the father in his heavenly kingdom. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him, and he has poured out his Spirit on all of us who put our trust in him, to go and tell the world that one day Jesus will return to judge the world and to take his people to be with him, to join him at the great wedding feast in his kingdom that will last forever and ever.


So for us who put our trust in Jesus today, it is right to fast from time to time, because it expresses the fact that we are longing for the glorious kingdom to come. Our hope is not in this world.



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