In Luke 5, people were confused.
They wanted to know why Jesus and the disciples weren’t fasting like the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist. Everyone had an expectation that Jesus would maintain their vision for holiness and piety.
Then he broke their expectations by living to standards of his own and his Father’s:
God was doing a new thing (new wine). And this new thing required new behaviors (new wineskins). Click To Tweet
He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”
Luke 5:36–39 ESV
Disrupting the status quo meant life as people knew it changed. People projected their version of how God’s Messiah should behave onto Jesus and his ministry.
They didn’t like how he did things.
Healing people on the Sabbath ruffled their feathers. And don’t even get them started on the prostitutes and tax collectors He hung around!
Jesus explained if he tried to work God’s plan in their ways, it would damage and tear apart the entire rescue mission. The garments would tear, the skins would burst, and no one would be saved.
Despite this truth, people still loved the old ways of doing things—and because they clung to those old ways, they reaped the old results.
We cannot afford to be those people, clinging to the past, clinging to our comfort, saying things like, “Well, we’ve always done it this way…”
Or, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…”New results require new behaviors. Period. Click To Tweet
If Jesus lived the life people expected, it would have devastated the whole world. Thankfully, he pursued his purpose undeterred. Because of this:
- His family didn’t understand him (Mark 3:35).
- His hometown rejected him (Mark 6:3).
- Thousands of followers left him because he said hard things (John 6:66).
- His culture’s leaders plotted to kill him and his friends (John 12:9–11).
- He was put to death on the cross (John 19:18).
Jesus was a disrupter who faithfully did and said only what the Father told him to (John 12:49).
He maintained a single purpose. His actions were relentlessly consistent. And he pushed hard; after all, he only had three years to save the world.
By accomplishing his mission—to seek and save the lost, bear witness to the truth, and be sacrificed as our substitute—Jesus saved the world.
He fought the very forces of death and Hell on the open battlefield—and won.
Is the Holy Spirit leading you to make a change this year?