Luke Chapter 5 has several parables and relatable stories about Jesus selecting (calling) the Disciples. The chapter, as with the synoptic stories in Matthew and Mark, have miracles that Jesus completes at this time.
Jesus' response continues with the two short parables. Luke has the more detailed version:
I also know that this story is about the explanation Jesus gives for His disciples not Fasting. But I believe we can apply the principles that Jesus gives (the teachings or instruction he gives) to help us be better Christians and more effective in our work.
Jesus often uses a parable to explain his point or teaching. Using the simile in the two parables that were drawn from contemporary culture. New cloth had not yet shrunk, so that using new cloth to patch older clothing would result in a tear as it began to shrink. Similarly, old wineskins had been "stretched to the limit" or become brittle as wine had fermented inside them; using them again therefore risked bursting them.
So let me say what I also see. When you try to live in the old lifestyle, but want to say you are a Christian – putting old and new together, (A) ruins you, (B) it ruins what you want to share or pour out (it is not as effective or powerful) (C) and it ruins the atmosphere.
(A) (You) The old wine skin shattered or was torn apart under the pressure of trying to join itself with the new.
(B) The new wine that you have shared or poured out did not taste right…not as effective in the wrong container.
(C) The atmosphere between host and guest have been affected because the wine does not have the ability to do what it was originally intended to do.
Follow God. Follow Jesus. Yes, your life is not going to be perfect, but he's not here for perfect people, and that's what he told the Pharisees. You know there's going to be a time for everything. And so when you face those challenging times in your life, it's time to push out a little deeper. It's time to pray a little harder. It might be time to fast a little more. Push out into the deep, but leave those things that are causing you to sin and to fall through the cracks and all that pressure that's on you-let it fall away. Push out a little bit further, leave everything, follow Jesus.
So How do we heal:
Get on your knees. Get in a spot that's quiet and have a prayer time with God and let God know the challenges you are facing. It's not that He doesn't know, but when you release that into the atmosphere and then you put your sincere heart before his altar, before his throne, He can help you change your life.
In Luke chapter 5 there was a man who had leprosy in verse 12. He cries out and he says, You know, Lord, you can make me clean. And Jesus stretched out his hand, placed it on the leper, saying certainly. “Be Clean!’. God has power to clean your life up. All he's doing is asking you ‘know, what you want from me’. Ask him to make you clean. Put it in your prayer time. Put it in your time of fasting. Push out from the shore. Go a little deeper in Jesus, ask him to make you clean, he says certainly… certainly I want to make you be clean today. God bless you.