Statue of a satyr including a torch and a wineskin from 3rd–2nd century B.C, Wikimedia Commons

Into the rich story of human existence, Jesus emerged not as a mere historical figure but as a living embodiment of transformative renewal. Journeying through the dusty lanes of Galilee, he defied the norms of his era, inviting us to address age-old dilemmas with fresh perspectives. As we continue wondering “why now?” we should explore the profound significance of Jesus’ birth, urging us to confront perennial challenges with innovative solutions.

In the quiet humility of the manger, Jesus introduced a revolutionary paradigm, challenging the entrenched patterns of his time. His teachings were not a continuation of the old, but a radical departure, signaling a transformative shift. The manger, symbolizing simplicity and vulnerability, serves as a stark contrast to the worldly allure of power. It is in this paradox that we uncover the core of Jesus’ mission – an invitation to address timeless issues with the fresh perspective of love.

This Sunday, we’ll be exposed to an important metaphor for this very circumstance…

“No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins, but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”

Mark 2:22

Mark introduces the concept of new wine skins – vessels capable of holding the effervescence of new ideas and paradigms. Jesus, with his life and teachings, wasn’t simply patching up the old; he was ushering in an era of renewal, much like pouring new wine into new wine skins. This biblical metaphor challenges us to reconsider our approaches to enduring human struggles, advocating for solutions grounded in empathy, justice, and a revolutionary sense of community.

As we navigate the complexities of our era, Jesus’ call echoes through the ages – discard the rigid structures of outdated thinking and embrace the transformative power of love. The manger, symbolizing vulnerability, and the new wine skins of Mark 2 converge to remind us that the cries of a newborn hold the promise of a world reborn through grace, innovation, and a commitment to addressing old problems with genuinely new solutions.

May God’s peace find you today. -Pastor Peter

Let us pray… God of new creation, inspire us to embrace Jesus’ revolutionary love. Grant us the wisdom to discard old mindsets and welcome fresh solutions, like new wine in new skins. Amen.