THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 5:33-39
“No one after drinking old wine wants the new for ‘The old is better.’” (Luke 5:38)
The issue in this section is the matter of fasting.
To fast is a religious act, an act of devotion or piety.
‘Religion’ is how people act out their relationship to God.
Ever since the Fall, we have been performing religious acts.
Jesus came to restore our relationship to God, not our religion.
God wants to walk with us, not watch us perform religious acts.
God wants to enjoy the creation with us, not be locked up in a temple.
‘Religion’ is the old wineskin, fellowship with the Father is the old wine.
Jesus calls this old wine new because it is new to us – but it goes way back.
We talk to God, not just ‘pray’; we worship God, not just ‘go to church’.
We serve the poor, not just ‘give alms’.
We offer our hearts and lives, not just ‘ritual sacrifices’.
This is not ‘religion’, it is relationship, and it is better!
The only ‘religious’ duty we have is to love and obey God’s call to love!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, teach me the full meaning of love, and help me to love God and people like this. I don’t want ‘religion’, I want a loving relationship!