Jesus and movements
Luke 5: 36-39
“He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 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. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’”
In the context of the challenge as to why Jesus’ disciples were not fasting and all that Jesus seemed to be doing was eating and drinking with the worst people possible comes a parable from Jesus.
One of the lovely things about Facebook is that it regularly reminds you of the past. This day 7 years ago = a picture. We look at the picture and memories come flooding back. Often happy ones and I guess sometimes not so.
In this short parable we have an example of the new looking back at the old times. Jesus seems to be stating that the old fasting was based on pre- experience of Him as the Messiah. It pointed to the redeeming work but it wasn’t post-finished work of Christ. The new fasting period is amongst us as we have tasted Christ and we want more.
Primarily it is a battle between the old and the new. The powerful stand-out words are “the new will not match the old.”
Jesus’ message was about movement and it still is. He is movement and He creates movements. In 2019 strategy seems to be so important. If leaders simply planned and had an idea of how they were going to achieve something then we would be getting better results. But there is something greater; it is movement.
A movement is a group of people who have been sent to move towards people to cause them to move towards Christ, who then in turn become part of a new movement themselves.
We are in a world where the Spirit is doing a new thing regarding the movement of the Church. The next big move isn’t God’s it is His people. Change is so difficult but change is happening and will happen. Some will hang on to their old garments and old wineskins but others are becoming part of a movement.
It is easier to apply this parable to the time of Jesus with the Pharisees interpretation of the Law etc. It is tricky applying it today. The old was once new and the new will become old though the new always thinks it is here to stay. There will always be those who say the old is better.
There are still old garments hanging on the coat hooks in churches today. There are still old wineskins wanting new wine not realising that unless they change they will spoil the new.
So what is the message of this movement?
- Inclusivity for all are welcome. (Let’s keep partying with all types of people Jesus would say)
- Separation (from the past but not from the world)
- Expectancy of the increase of disciples (the Levi’s of this world) and a rejection of nostalgia.