And people do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And none of you, after drinking old wine, wants the new, for you say, ‘The old is better.’” (Luke 5.37-39)
I’m cheap, I tend to buy new wine. You know, typically less than 3 years old. Heck, typically last year’s vintage. It’s cheaper.
Funny thing about this passage is Jesus is right, old wine is better. Why would you drink the new? Old wine is expensive, you’re not going to pop open a bottle around the barbie, you’ll save it for a special occasion and be careful about who you share it with. And Jesus is all about sharing.
Leave it long enough and new wine becomes old. That cheap bottle of red you were going to share with whoever, maybe give away for the raffle at your club’s fundraiser, becomes something you maybe aren’t going to give up as easily. What should be shared liberally at a celebration becomes something you want to keep for yourself.
Every part of the church is prone towards this. As we grow older the ‘good old days’ just keep getting better. Never mind that God might want to do a new thing, if it’s not like the old it’s probably not God. And we sure as heck don’t want to go sharing it with just anybody. But Jesus is all about the new. I did a quick count in my Accordance and ‘old’s is mentioned 40 times in the TNIV of the New Testament, where as ‘new’ is mentioned over 60.
Come Holy Spirit. Bring the new wine of Christ’s life to us today.