Jesus came not to merely patch up the old clothes of the old covenant, but to purchase the new clothes of the new covenant. The cost was the cross.
When someone asks Jesus why His disciples do not fast, He essentially says: “This ain’t a wake; it’s a wedding! How can the groomsmen fast when the bridegroom is here?” The disciples are in the wedding party with the bridegroom and are enjoying the appetizers of the everlasting wedding banquet. It’s not time to fast; it’s time to feast.
When some were doubting the resurrection of the dead, Paul reminds the members of the church in Corinth that he founded about the facts. Paul uses both subjective and objective evidence to address their doubts. And after considering the objective historical evidence that modern scholars of all stripes agree upon, the best explanation of the “minimal facts” is that Christ indeed was raised from the dead.
Since some in the Corinthian church had doubts about a bodily resurrection, Paul reminds those in the church he founded about the basic facts of the faith:
Christ died for our sins — according to the Scriptures. Christ was buried. Christ was raised on the third day — according to the Scriptures. And, Christ appeared to many witnesses.
The religious leaders present consider Christ’s claim to forgive sin as blasphemy. But Jesus provides eye-opening evidence of His divine authority and of the prophesied Kingdom of God He inaugurated.
Just as Jesus healed the man from His physical paralysis and freed him from his mat, He can heal us from our spiritual paralysis and free us from our sin.
Some of the last words the Apostle Paul ever wrote charge the younger and more timid Timothy to preach the word — always being ready — and to fulfill his ministry before God the Father and Jesus the Coming Judge and King.
Since false teachers had infiltrated the church in Ephesus, scratching the itch of those who wanted their ears tickled with something new, Paul commands Timothy to correct, rebuke, encourage with great forbearance and thorough instruction.
Timothy must also endure hardship and do the work of an evangelist, spreading the Gospel to nonbelievers.
He must preach the word, teach the word, and reach the world — as should we.