“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’”
Jesus used a strange image to illustrate the power of His ministry and the coming outpouring of the Spirit He came to introduce. He said the moving of the Spirit can be compared to new wine. The strangeness of His statement is this, wine drinkers know the old is better. Jesus is saying this new wine of the Spirit is superior to the old wine of religion. The problem Jesus was addressing is the same in every generation. Humans get stuck, especially in their spiritual habits. Jesus was saying new wine requires new wineskins, in other words change is essential if we want to experience the moving of the Spirit. Are you satisfied with your current spiritual condition or are you hungry for renewal? If you really want more have a drink of the new wine of the Spirit and let the changes begin. Here are some thoughts from Kim Harrington on the new wine of the Spirit.
“Jesus used the term “new wine” as a description of His ministry and the Spirit-empowered life. It didn’t originate with Him, however. The ancient Hebrew prophets before Him saw new wine as a symbol of God’s refreshing Spirit, a sign of God’s blessing and abundance. It’s no coincidence that Jesus’ first miracle was turning the water into wine—figuratively, transforming the life-sustaining waters of salvation into the vibrant wine of the Holy Ghost.Those who are satisfied with what they already have will not be willing to drink of the new. Those who like business-as-usual churchianity will resist the rocking of their religious boats. The person who is content in a time of spiritual decline will not be happy in a time of revival. The two conditions are totally contrary to each other. But the Holy Spirit knows how to make even the smugly self-satisfied to hunger and thirst for new depth in their walk with Jesus. He knows how to expose their inner needs and challenge them to come and drink, to “taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Outpourings are certain. The Lord is faithful to pour out His Spirit on every generation. I don’t want to get stuck with the smug satisfaction of past renewal; send the new wine Lord!!!