Today we are going to talk about Jesus’ seemingly obscure words about wineskins and why his words were ringing in my head as I watched the new Disney film: Turning Red.

What did Jesus mean when he told the parable about putting new wine in old wineskins?

So we continue our Easter season series through some of Luke’s gospel and today’s reading has 3 distinctive parts that all point to the same big idea. Those three points include discussion about fasting, sewing, and wineskins and they are all really about the same big idea - WHICH has an uncanny connection to a movie I watched this week with my kids - Turning Red.

Here is the main theme of this section of scripture - Jesus’s ways and ideas are different and incompatible with the ways and ideas of the culture he is breaking into.

Luke 5:33-38
33 Then they said to him, “John’s disciples fast often and say prayers, and those of the Pharisees do the same, but yours eat and drink.” 34 Jesus said to them, “You can’t make the wedding guests fast while the groom is with them, can you? 35 But the time will come when the groom will be taken away from them—then they will fast in those days.” 36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. Otherwise, not only will he tear the new, but also the piece from the new garment will not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, it will spill, and the skins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine is put into fresh wineskins.


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