Then they said to him, “John’s disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees, frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink.‘ Jesus said to them, “You cannot make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine, but says, ‘The old is good.’ ” Luke 5:33-39
- Our Father and His Son wants us to enjoy life. But, every time we experience injustice, death and suffering, we are reminded that we cannot enjoy life as fully as we should. What is the problem? It's because the Father and the Son are not with us fully. The short time that Jesus made his dwelling among men was just an appetizer for the banquet that is to come. The great wedding has not taken place yet. Until the bridegroom returns and is ready to celebrate that great day, we remember not only that things aren't the way they should be, but we will trust in the Father's wisdom when to bring the solution.
- In the context of Luke's ordered account, we see several instances when the healing, sin-forgiving, eating with 'sinners', calling the wrong kinds of people to be disciples (and he's just getting warmed up) Jesus is starting to grate against the religious leaders. It isn't outright malice yet, but one can read that the religious leaders aren't exactly comfortable with what is happening. It is in the midst of these mild confrontations that Jesus tells a parable about old and new things.
- I'm sure the only begotten Son of our Father took no delight in saying what he was saying. Because some people are so set in their ways and the way they see and 'interact' with God, they will never be able to handle when their ways are challenged by the truth that is taking place right around them. Jesus seems to say that one of two things will happen when old thinking mixes with new revelations. Either the new revelations will be distorted in some way because it must be altered to match old thinking. And/Or the old thinking will unhealthily shatter under the reality of the new revelation.
- Anyone who is serious about following Jesus must be willing to leave all of their old ways and thinking at the door (Repentance). Why? Because Jesus will force us to honestly challenge everything about our old way of life and this is a very hard challenging process if we do not trust Him fully. It's all or nothing. Father, thank you for your patience and grace as we allow you to change us into new wineskins that are ready for the new wine of your Son and Spirit.