“No one pours new wine into old wineskins… They pour new wine into new wineskins” (Mark 2:22).
In John’s Gospel, we read about Jesus turning water into wine (chapter 2), and, then, we read about Jesus, telling Nicodemus that he needed to be “born again” (John 3:3). Here, he speaks about new wine. He’s telling us that we need new life.
What we are, in ourselves, is not encouraging. Old wine in old wineskins: that’s what we are. How can we become new wine in new wineskins? It is only by the grace of God and the power of God that we can become “a new creation in Christ Jesus” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Let us thank God that he has done for us what we could never have done for ourselves. He has given us new life.
When it feels like we’re being drawn back to our old life, let us remember thisL Gid has given us new life: “Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. It is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5).