“…for he says, ‘the old is better.'”
– Luke 5:39
The Bible shows us that our Savior fulfilled the law and replaced the ancient Jewish religion. The Apostle Paul stated, “In that, He says, ‘a new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. Now, what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away” (Hebrews 8:13). Jesus brought the new covenant and fulfilled the last sacrifice that would ever be required. He died on the cross once for all! In that harmonious exchange of His life for ours, we are allowed to receive eternal salvation through unmerited favor. There is no other way to God but through Christ (John 14:6), and we must accept that free gift.
At the time of Jesus’ ministry, all Israel knew was Judaism. When the Messiah came to fulfill prophecy, the people “preferred the old and refused the new.” Who could blame them? After all, this is what they were born into. This is what was handed down from one generation to the next. “Old habits die hard” was never so precise.
Jesus said, “And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.'” For many, it can be difficult to lay aside old spaces of comfort while others seem to trade them for the latest and greatest too quickly. A wise man once wrote, “Just because people are more comfortable with the old, some assume that it is better. Our modern age is more taken with the shiny and new rather than what is old; yet we shouldn’t accept or reject anything simply because it is old or new.” Tools that the Lord has utilized previously may not fit for outreach currently. At the same time, although God may implement new instruments, they will always compliment His Word of truth. May it never be what we are comfortable with that we keep, and never pick up the new He is giving. May we cling only to what God has prescribed.
Are there areas in your life that Jesus is asking you to lay down? Does He want you to pick up anything new? Be sure that you do not commingle the two and ruin what He is attempting to do in your life!
“If you take a patch from a new garment and sew it to an old garment, you ruin both of them. The new garment has a hole in it, and the old garment has a patch that does not match, and that will tear away when the garment is washed. Many people have a ‘Patchwork” religion of their own making, instead of trusting Christ for the robe of salvation that He gives by grace.”
– Warren Wiersbe