Something Old, Something New
1. The Inquiry about Jesus’ ministry
33 And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.” Luke 5:33 (ESV)
2. The Interpretation of Jesus’ ministry
34 And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” Luke 5:34-35 (ESV)
3. The Illustrations that describe Jesus’ ministry
36 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. 37 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. 38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’” Luke 5:36-39 (ESV); Matthew 5:17; Hebrews 8:13; Romans 7:6.
Jesus’ illustrations reveal His ministry in light of the New Covenant.
Jesus’ illustrations reveal the incorrect applications of the New Covenant in relation to that of the Old. Hebrews 8:6-13 (ESV)
25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. Ezekiel 36:25-27 (ESV)
Jesus’ first illustration reveals an incorrect application by implementing ideas of the New Covenant to the structure of the Old.
Jesus’ second illustration reveals an incorrect application by implementing the Old Covenant thought to the New Covenant system.
Jesus’ third illustration reveals an incorrect application by failing to consider how the Old Covenant is fulfilled in the New Covenant.