Jesus’ parable new wine in old wineskins is found in Matthew 9:16-17; Mark 2:21-22; and Luke 5:36-39. He tells this parable in response to a question about fasting, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” (Mark 2:18).
Jesus was not opposed to the spiritual discipline of fasting where one instead of eating spends mealtime in prayer and fellowship with God. Fasting can be for one meal, a day or for many days. Jesus Himself fasted for forty days (Matthew 4:2) and when asked by his disciples as to why they were unable to help a boy with an unclean spirit replied, “"This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29 HCSB). Jesus is simply stating that the time for His disciples to fast would be after He “is taken away” (Luke 5:35).
Jesus told the parable of new wine in old wineskins to contrast the old and new covenants. What do the following Scriptures reveal about these covenants?
Hebrews 8:8-13; 9:15--
Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; 1 Corinthians 11:25--
Consider setting aside time this week to fast and pray (whether for a meal or day), simply to worship God and enjoy your relationship with Christ. Use this time to meditate on a favorite Psalm or other Scripture asking the Holy Spirit to deepen your walk with Christ.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. NIV