What Jesus Did! 'New Wineskins Needed' — Mark 2:21-22

Monday, February 8, 2016

"When a person sews a patch over a hole on an old coat, that person never uses a piece of cloth that is not yet shrunk. If he does, the patch will {shrink and} pull away from the coat. Then the hole will be worse. Also, people never pour new wine into old wine bags. Why? Because the new wine will break the bags, and the wine will be ruined with the wine bags. People always put new wine into new wine bags."
— Mark 2:21-22 NLT
Illustration of Mark 2:21-22 NLT — "When a person sews a patch over a hole on an old coat, that person never uses a piece of cloth that is not yet shrunk."

Key Thought

Jesus wants us to know that being his follower is not just another religious take on the same old religious agenda. Jesus wants us to know that his words and his way of life are not just another new thing to tack onto the same religious teaching. Jesus brings something new, fresh, and comprehensive. To try to mix it into the other religious interests in our lives is to miss the point. What Jesus brings is bigger, bolder, and new! Let's realize that to call Jesus our Lord means we surrender every part of our lives to him ... and that ultimately means we surrender the "religious" parts, too.

Today's Prayer

LORD God Almighty, I offer you myself—all of myself: body, soul, Spirit, and mind—to serve you. I want you to have complete rule in my life. Please tear down any idols that I have so that only you reign in my heart. Open my eyes to see your truth in fresh and new ways. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 12:1-2
  • 2 Corinthians 5:16-17
  • Romans 6:3-4


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.