January 15, 2018
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins. (Mark 2:18-22)
The Pharisees were the religious leaders of the time. They were scholars; they were teachers; they set the example. And here comes Jesus and turns everything upside down. He doesn’t fast enough, doesn’t always wash his hands, eats with sinners, and works on the Sabbath.
Jesus makes it clear to the Pharisees: “Your way is not my way.”
Jesus is the new cloak. He is the new wine. His message is the same today: “Society’s way is not My way.”
Challenge: Don’t take pieces of Jesus and try to fit him into your plans. Instead, put on Jesus and make your life fit His plan.