Matthew 9:14-17 An Honest . Matthew 9:14 They thought that specific religious were . A Answer. Matthew 9:15-17 is more appropriate than fasting when Jesus is around. Jesus was them about their perspective on religious . The two metaphors show the of blending old and new…or expecting commitment to the Law when Grace is given. (Read the letter to the Galatian church) Christmas time is a celebration of Jesus coming to fulfill the (a perfect/sinless life) and (death) of the Law and giving us the greatest gift… . Practical Application: 1) Practice in your relationship of grace with Jesus. - Where do you focus on religious behavior as an essential for God’s love given to you? - Do you have a perception of other’s standing with God based on their religious behaviors? 2) Fasting is an practice. (Checkout the sermon from September 10) - Fast as a yearning for the presence of Jesus and awareness of grace. - Fast as a longing for the events of this new year to put on display the Kingdom of Grace.