“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled,and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Luke 5: 37, 38)
The metaphors of Jesus were profound in their simplicity. The people who heard them understood because He used commonplace, every day examples. If they made the mistake of placing new or unfermented wine in an old brittle wineskin, one afternoon while taking a siesta they would hear a loud popping sound. They would then see red wine running down the wall where they had hung the wineskin while the wine was fermenting.
Jesus used this metaphor to make a statement about responding to His teaching. The statement was that His teaching was like the unfermented wine and the wineskin was their mind when they heard His teaching. Just as the fermenting expanding wine put pressure on the wineskin until it exploded, His teaching would put pressure on their mind. If like the brittle, old wineskin their mind would not yield to the pressure of His teaching, His teaching would literally blow their mind!
A mind blowing prescription therefore would be to become an expert in the teachings of Jesus and never even consider yielding to the pressure to do what Jesus taught. A prescription that can heal and transform our mind, however, is to study the teachings of Jesus with the intentional objective that we are going to make the values of Christ our own personal value system as we live out our life in this world by Christ, in Christ and for Christ.
Will you consider joining the millions around the world who have chosen to take that second prescription?