Brand New

Mark 2:18-22 ESV – Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”  And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.  The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.  No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made.  And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins–and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”

Here, Jesus is asked why His disciples don’t fast, but all the other super-religious people do.  He gives 3 responses:
  1. You don’t fast at a party.  Jesus is the bridegroom, and we are the Bride of Christ.  While He was on earth, His followers were part of this spiritual party.  It wasn’t time to mourn; it was time to praise the God of Heaven because Salvation has come!
  2. Don’t put a new patch on an old cloth.  Why?  Because it will tear away.  The patch becomes ineffective.  This is similar to the 3rd point…
  3. Don’t put new wine into old wineskins.  Why?  Because the new wine will cause the old skin to burst.  The wine is wasted.
Jesus is saying that what He’s doing is new.  He’s not here to “fix” the old religious systems – He’s here to fulfill them.  He’s replacing mourning with joy.  He’s replacing fasting with feasting.  He’s replacing the whole garment.  He’s making a new wineskin with new wine in it.  He’s replacing the law with the Gospel.  He’s replacing hearts of stone with hearts of flesh.  He’s replacing death with life.
That’s what the Christian life is about – becoming something new.  God isn’t into fixing our old lives; He’s into giving us new ones!
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