The Pharisees were not fasting because they needed to but because it was a practice. It was a doctrine so they obey not because there was a reason for them to fast. They do it to show off.
Jesus was explaining to them that as long as He was around there will be no reason for his disciples to fast. When he is gone, there will be many reasons for that.
This is a new practise that cannot be mixed up with the old. They are new men in Christ and so should not mix up with the old.
By: joyce vincent
Category: Jesus Questioned About Fasting