36 And He was also telling them a parable: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.
37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined.
38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
39 And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’”
For too long the church has been trying to allow or say it’s OK, to just take a little Jesus and put him on. Saying “Oh now I feel so much better.” A little Jesus, a torn off piece of what we like about Him and not the rest, – the stuff we really don’t want to deal with, the messy stuff, the stuff that makes us take a good hard look into our hearts.
all your doing is ruining this “New garment”
Jesus is saying that if you just tear off a piece of Him and try and apply it to you, all your doing is ruining this “New garment” and making the old one worse than it was before. And to top it off, it won’t match!
Jesus was meant to ‘Completely’ cover us, as a new robe of righteousness, not just some little patch sewed on that covers a tear or hole. Christianity is not sewing on a Jesus patch onto our stinky old, worn out jeans, and jumping up and down saying, “I’m saved now! I got my Patch! I got Jesus on!”
We don’t use wineskins that much anymore. But the old skin that Jesus in talking about is dry and brittle. It’s been hanging out in the rafters of our lives empty and no longer having any purpose. If you were to fill it with anything, it would more than likely just leak everything out.
Jesus will stretch us
‘New Wine’ is still fermenting. Giving off gasses and expanding, or stretching, the wineskin it is in. If placed within an old skin it would stretch it beyond what it could handle – being old and dried out – and it would crack open, or ‘burst’, and the wine will spill out, falling useless to the ground and the skin would be ruined.
Jesus will stretch us as He grows and ferments within us. That’s why He wants to make us ‘NEW’ so that we can stretch and grow with the Holy Spirit within us!
But sometimes we get to use to something and when we are presented with something new we instantly refuse it saying, ‘The old is good enough.’
Do we really think that God wanted us to settle for “good enough”? When did God the Father ever ‘Settle’– FOR ANYTHING!? He desires the best for Himself and for us. He selected the ‘choice pieces’.
When wine is left to its own, it changes. What once was perhaps a “good wine” – full of body and robust with flavor – changes into something “less than”. It becomes vinegary, sour – bitter – lacking the qualities it once had. Oh, sure it might be useful for a few things, but it has long lost its original beauty!
Jesus was meant to ‘Completely’ cover us
And yet… many are satisfied with the status quo, saying “The old is good enough.” “I don’t need a change.” “I’m good with what I have.”
I’M NOT GOOD WITH WHAT I HAVE! I want to have the Whole New Robe of righteousness!!!!!!!!!
I’M NOT GOOD WITH WHAT I HAVE! I want to have the Whole New Robe of righteousness!!!!!!!!! Not just a torn off piece. Not just some ‘Jesus’ patch that shows that I belong to some religious club! No! Give me the whole gospel – the Whole Jesus – Holy Spirit and all!!!
Make me into a new wine skin and don’t leave me empty, or part way full. Fill me to ‘Overflowing’ with the blood of Christ! The ‘New Wine’ that will S-T-R-R-R-E-E-T-C-H ME!!! And I won’t tear, crack, or burst open.
Make me New LORD! Fill me up and cover me with your Holy Presence.
I am yours!!!
Hallelujah!!!! Praise the Lord!!!