by Glenn Mollette

Stop Squeezing Into Small Boxes!
Glenn Mollette
Mark 2: 18 - 22

18 Once when John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and asked, "Why don't your disciples fast like John's disciples and the Pharisees do?"

19 Jesus replied, "Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. They can't fast while the groom is with them. 20 But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

21 "Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.

22 "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins

Jesus came to give new life, new creation, a new way. All things are new. He didn't try to incorporate into the old ways. Or, fit into the old law. He didn't come to make a compromise. He did not come to patch up an old system of custom, ritual and law. Jesus came to tear apart the old system by his death on the cross. The old system would be torn into from top to bottom.

The Pharisees and religious leaders would never accept what Jesus had come to do. They couldn't see it. They couldn't accept Jesus.

Jesus was not accepted by all. Passage John 1:12:

11He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Not everyplace accepts you. Not every employer. You have to move on. Put out lots of applications, come up with lots of ideas. Be innovative. Someplace will accept you. God has a place for you. We worry about it. We try to squeeze into that box.

Not every person accepts you. You may have wanted to date or even marry somebody but they said no. That's the way it goes. You have to go on. ...

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