Most religious persons would think that religion pertains to solemnity and being mournful. But with Jesus-he is the real joy of our life. In his presence is our real joy. There will be a physical time for the disciples toourn and fast-but not whenJesus is with them.
His presence is like wine-in fact new wine that can burst the OT restrictions it was born into. And many are not ready for this.If the pharisees thought that being faithful to the Law is what important-they are in for a surprise. Relationship with Jesus will be the main characteristic of the new age.