Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?

This question was Jesus’s response to the disciples of John the Baptist when they asked why Jesus and his disciples weren’t fasting, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” John was waiting for the One to come so we have to assume that he had been teaching his disciples to watch and wait for the One as well. A believer trusts his teacher, but the mark of a true disciple maker is that he builds a believer up to move his trust to Jesus more and more, and take the focus off the teacher. John said it best when he said, “I must decrease and He(Jesus) must increase”(Jn 3:30). Someone who hogs the limelight making others dependent on him instead of pointing to Christ is most commonly known as a cult leader, or at least a narcissist.

As disciple makers, we have to be careful that we’re making disciples of Christ and not little carbon copies of ourselves. Paul told the Corinthians to follow him as he followed Christ(1 Cor 11:1)

The Jews and John were in the habit of fasting, a common religious practice. Because of John’s discipleship, these disciples wanted to find out the truth behind Jesus’s apparent disregard for tradition. Jesus let them know that He was THE bridegroom and because He was with His guests, it wouldn’t make sense for them to fast while they were together.

What bugs me is not knowing whether John’s disciples returned to him or followed Jesus.

Matthew 19:15
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