Scripture:   Luke (NIV) (Jesus speaking)   5:37   And no one pours new wine into old wineskins.  Otherwise the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.  38   No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.  39   And no one after drinking the old wine wants the new, for they say, “The old is better.” 

Observation:     Of course people say the old is better.  It is better for it has aged and the taste has been refined.  But it would be foolish to forget that what is now old was once new.  And when it was new, people said the same thing about it that they are now saying about the new wine of today.   Jesus was speaking about the changes that were coming to God lovers.  The church would not fit into the Jewish religion.  The church would be open to people who are not Jews.  The church would have a freedom that the Jews did not have under the law.  

Application:   It is not uncommon today for my generation (the older generation) to complain about the differences we find in the church.  It is not like it used to be.  We need to be careful not to criticize God’s Spirit being poured into new wineskins.  I want to leave a good example for the new generation as to how to continue strong faith and commitment.  Should the Lord tarry His coming, they too will go through times of change.  I want them to remember me as gracious and encouraging.  I pray they will serve the Lord with total commitment and abandonment.     

Prayer:   Lord, work your graciousness into my life.  Amen 

Pastor Leon
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