“‘…no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.’.”
In ancient times, wine was stored in soft sheepskin bags. The problem was that as the skins aged, they became rigid and brittle.
Because newly fermented wine gives off gas, it needs to be in a flexible container. So clearly pouring and keeping new wine in old, brittle skins would be disastrous.
Jesus uses this imagery to show why His Gospel could not fit into the old Jewish traditional religion.
That new wine of the Gospel is still being poured out today. And those who have tasted it, and have put their trust in Jesus, have been transformed. Their old sinful patterns have been broken, and they have found a new freedom in Christ.
That’s what spiritual conversion is about…and each of us is entitled to some of the new Gospel wine and it’s transforming effect.
Dear God, make me flexible to receive a fresh outpouring of Your Spirit and to share it effectively with others. Amen.
Excerpted from Reframe Media