PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 2:18-22
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“No one pours new wine into old wineskins.” (Mark 2:22)
The wine is the object of desire… not the wineskin, which is just a container.
Religious practices are containers that lead us to Jesus, our object of desire.
God gave the Law of Moses as a container to one day deliver the wine – Jesus.
Jesus represents LIFE with God, in fellowship with Him (like marriage).
The symbols and traditions around a wedding are not the point, they are pointers.
We are not accepted by God by our obedience to rules, or our practice of rituals.
Knowing Jesus, loving Jesus, He is our Saviour, He is the object of our desire.
Everything we do is a love response to Jesus, an act of gratitude.
Our obedience and spiritual practices are expressions of our love.
The bible is clear, our religious practices are not the point – knowing Jesus is!
“Do not let anyone judge you by (religious rituals). These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17)
Is there wine in my wineskin, am I experiencing the reality of Jesus in my religious life?
Am I clinging to the wineskin, or am I tasting and enjoying the wine?
Lord, I want the wine, not just the wineskin… You are the wine! Forgive me when I make the container more important than You.