This week’s reading plan: Luke 5:33-39
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. (Luke 5:37-38)
When Jesus made this statement to the Pharisees, He was essentially saying “I’m not here to reform, I’m here to revolutionize.”
See, wine expands as it ferments. A new wineskin is pliable, and it’ll stretch as the liquid expands. Old wineskins have already been stretched, so if you put new wine into old wineskins… POP! Wine everywhere.
Jesus came to birth a new institution – the church – and the church wouldn’t be built on religious rituals, but upon the Rock of Jesus Christ Himself.
Jesus statement still applies to the church today. What worked in the Great awakening of the 1800’s through men such as Dwight Moody and the YMCA (yes, believe it or not!) eventually gave way to the Jesus Movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s, which Calvary Chapel played a large part in.
But trying to recreate the Jesus Movement today would be like putting new wine into old wineskins. Before he went to be with the Lord, Pastor Chuck told us CC pastors “always be open to the new thing God want’s to do. Don’t ever say ‘Pastor Chuck did it that way…'”
This is also a picture of what happens when a person comes to Christ. Jesus doesn’t make us better people, He makes us a new creation…
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor 5:17)
And lastly, it’s also is a picture of our spiritual lives. What God did in our lives ten years ago may not be what God want’s to do today. To try and recreate the blessings of the past is like putting new one into old wineskins.
So saints, don’t get stuck in the past. Always be open to the new thing that God want’s to do in your life.
We can change the world, one life at a time…