New Cloth on an Old Garment

 

Matthew 9:16
“No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. For the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results.”
Mark 2:21
“No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch pulls away from it-the new from the old-and a worse tear is made.
Luke 5:36
Then he told them a parable: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and sews it on an old garment. If he does, the new will tear, and the piece from the new will not match the old.

This parable illustrates the fact that you can’t mix old religious rituals with new faith in Jesus. Jesus’ disciples were not fasting along with the Pharisees and John’s disciples because they were now under the new covenant of grace and faith in Christ. As mentioned earlier, He fulfilled the law; therefore there is no longer any need to continue with the old rituals. Jesus cannot be added to a works-based religion. In the case of the Pharisees, they were consumed with their own self-righteousness, and faith in Jesus cannot be combined with self-righteous rituals.


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