“A NEW GARMENT AND VESSEL!”

Read Matthew 9:14-17 again.

If there were no new garment you might cherish the old. But there is a new garment! Throw those old soiled rags of works away and trust Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

The second part of the parable deals with new wine in old vessels.

The “bottles” were the wineskins of that day. They were made of animal skin.

When new wine was put into a new wineskin, it would expand as it fermented, but an old wineskin had reached the place of maximum expansion already; when it was filled with new wine, it would naturally burst open and the wine would be lost.

Our Lord is saying this, “I have not come to sew patches on an old garment.  I have come to present a new garment, something which is altogether new.”

John 1:17 says, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

“The old wine is human experience and human satisfaction. When Christ comes, He needs a vessel surrendered to Him. It cannot be mixed with the old – all must be new. Oh yes, you can get satisfaction out of the old world, but in time of need, in death or in sickness, that old bottle will leak.” My Morning Manna’ by Ed Nelson

But, when we come to Christ for salvation we must be prepared for new ways to live, a new way to look at people and a new way to serve.

Jesus did not come to “patch up” the old religious  system of Judaism with its rules and traditions.

His purpose was to bring something new, though it had been prophesied for centuries.

This message was the Gospel, that Jesus Christ was the Son of God who came to earth to offer men forgiveness as they repent of their sin. And that’s what you need today.

Friend, why not trust Christ alone for salvation today.

2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

 

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