Hard on the heels of Jesus' explanation regarding fasting, He speaks of something that would shake up the religious establishment of His time. This information comes to us from Matthew's inspired writing in Chapter 9, Verses 16-17, where Matthew shares with us more of Jesus' teaching: "No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved." This was revolutionary and a threat and the religious authorities sensed the implications. The comfortable "old order" is going to give way to a new order. Life is coming to replace deadness, hope to replace religious duties and ceremonies, and a personal relationship with Jesus to replace external compliance with some system's imposed code. If Jesus had become a part of the system, it would be more of the same and would stifle what only He could bring about, namely reality instead of form. This threat contributed to the religious leaders' hostility to Jesus. They had a vested interest in the system. Their control, people's respect and possibly their income would be lost. What they failed to perceive was that nothing could be done to stop it. Selah! The modern day descendants of these religious monopolists haven't caught on either. Compliance with some group's thinking that is not solidly based on the Bible and applied the Biblical way must give way to the freedom and love to be found only in Jesus Himself! Ron

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