“And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.” Mark 2:22
Our verse for today is part of the explanation to the question of why Jesus and His disciples did not fast. Simply put they were different. Different than the scribes, different than the Pharisees, different than even John and his disciples.
Mark 2 is a whole chapter that testifies to the fact that Jesus was different.
No doubt Jesus did things differently. Jesus was different and his disciples were different. He came to make a difference and He did.
1. Jesus came with a different purpose. Jesus never loses sight of His purpose. Friends bring Jesus a man to be healed. He gives the paralyzed man what He truly needs - forgiveness. Because of His purpose, Jesus made a lasting difference.
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
2. Jesus came with compassion. Though Jesus did not come to heal the sick, (His purpose was to save the lost) He did heal the sick because when He saw the multitudes He had compassion on them. His compassion made a difference.
“And of some have compassion, making a difference:”
3. Jesus came with a different point of view. He stated in verse 27 that the Sabbath was made for man. Isn’t it interesting, the Sabbath was established the day after man was created. A day for man to spend in rest with God. His perspective made the difference.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Jesus came to make a difference.
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.” Mark 8:35
“Lose” from the Greek word “Apollymi” means “to destroy fully.” It is translated “marred” in Mark 2:22, our verse for today.