PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 5:33-39
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“No one pours new wine into old wineskins.” (Luke 5:37)
Jesus is being challenged on not being religious (prayer and fasting) enough.
But He ignores the question about ‘religion’ and talks about ‘relationship’ instead.
Jesus is ‘God-with-us’, we can be in a personal relationship with him.
The bridegroom has arrived, the climax of a traditional Jewish marriage.
All the preparation for his arrival is eclipsed and the celebration begins.
Jesus did not come to start a religion, but to restore us to fellowship with God.
Yet history shows people prefer the old wine of religion… sacred rules, rituals, traditions.
Religious practices are fine, if they are a part of our relating personally to the Lord.
But the new wineskin is my heart, and the new wine my relationship with Jesus.
Jesus wants us to know him, love him, talk with him, work with him, love for him.
All our actions become ‘religious’ in that respect; whatever we do, we do in him.
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Colossians 3:17)
My restored life is the new wineskin, made strong to carry and share Jesus with others!
Am I celebrating Jesus more and more in my life, and sharing his grace with others?
Lord, strengthen my bond with you and with God, so that my whole life is a new wineskin. May my religion decline, and my relationship with you increase!