The Parables of Newness
August 4, 2020, 12:00 PM

This week we are considering what many scholars think as the first two parable's Jesus tells - Matthew 9:16-17.  This theme of "newness" is not unique to Matthew in the gospels nor is it a new thought in the outside world either.  Jesus speaks about being "born again" in John 3 - made new, In Revelation he declares that the sole reason for his coming was to "make all things new." Rev 21:5.  And Paul tells us that "anyone who is in Christ is a NEW creation."  2 Corinthians 5:17.  So this week as we consider the stories Jesus told - we must hear the short ones as well as the long ones.  For they are all told so we might understand, Amen. 

16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”  Matthew 5:16-17

The point, of course, is that Jesus has a new message, thegood news,” and if you try to fit it into the old Jewish religion, law, system of animal sacrifices, and so on, it isn’t going to fit.  He is telling the people there is a change coming - and we must be ready to adapt, change, grow and serve in new ways as we become the new creation God intends us to be - and if you aren't willing to let go of the past then your wineskin is going to burst (bad) and your clothes are going to tear a more vicious rip in your robe, shirt, or pair of pants!  The message is clear - the rules are changing and we better be ready to follow Jesus more than simply keep the rules!

None of us likes to give up something familiar or comfortable. This is even more true when thissomething has been the controlling point for our view of reality, morality,and religion. So we have a tendency to plug in a new good experience or teaching into our old religious context and make it fit.  Jesus point here is that what he brings cannot bemade to fit in the old order and old forms of religion with which the Jews were familiar.To do that would be destructive to both the old and the new. What Jesus brings is new, fresh, and transformational. It will rip apart anything that tries to force it into another wayof doing, perceiving and experiencing. Becoming a Christ follower—a Christian—is a whole new life, not just another religion to be thrown into the world mix of faiths. This is as true today as it was 2,000 years ago.  The question always before us is this:  How is God through Christ doing a NEW thing in us?    How would you answer?

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Pastor David



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