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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.’”

Luke 5: 36-39

Jesus was SHOCKING.

He broke every social convention and every religious rule. He hung out with all the wrong people. He said outrageous things about himself. It’s hardly surprising that people complained about him.

Instead of defending or explaining himself, Jesus told them this parable about new and old clothes, and new and old wineskins. New and old don’t mix, he says. You’ll ruin both if you stick them together.

Jesus came to bring a NEW era, a NEW kingdom, a NEW message of forgiveness, and a NEW way to worship God. In doing so he broke across social, cultural and even religious boundaries.

So here’s a challenge for the new week (and the new year!) what boundaries are you willing to break for the sake of Jesus and his kingdom? What old, legalistic ways of thinking do you need to shrug off?

Maybe have a look through Luke 4-5 and see what kinds of things Jesus did in this new kingdom.

Start The Week will be back next Monday with another parable from Luke.