My wife and I finally got a Blue-Ray player about a month ago.
I know, I know, I know, “What took so long?” I really don’t know. I was skeptical at first because, let’s face it, how much does Aniston really care if Gaston is in High Def? Plus, we had a DVD player, it was working, I didn’t want to spend the money, I’d rather save up for a colonoscopy, yada, yada, yada.
Anyway, this was part of a recent technological upgrade in our house that we got with our new TV. It took some doing, but with the help of our friend Don we were able to get this bad boy up and running.
I have only one word to describe what I experienced: Wow!
I never thought Turner and Hooch could look so good!
Trust me, I’m convinced now. It really looks awesome and the picture is AMAZING!
Of course, since I’m a technological idiot, I asked Don, “Well, will all our DVDs still work on the Blu-Ray player? He kindly said, “Yep, newer technology always will play older technology, but older can never take newer. In fact, the Blu-Ray will make your DVDs look better!”
In other words, “Yes, dork. Your DVDs will work because the thing you are putting them into is more advanced and it can handle your old stuff. It can even make your Perfect Strangers episodes look good.”
Jesus was a tad before the Blu-Ray revolution, but it seems He knows a little something about what we are talking about.
One day, while being riddled by the Pharisees about fasting, Jesus said these words.
“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.” – Mark 2:22
Wineskins were simply containers for wine. Typically made out of animal skin, after awhile they would become stretched and brittle from use and being in the sun. Since wine was a treasured commodity putting good wine into bad wineskins was not the best idea. We see how upset people get when their beer spills, imagine if you saw hand pressed wine fall to the ground after a wineskin burst open! Talk about a party foul!!
However, Jesus is using this imagery for a bigger purpose. He is trying to convey to these Jewish leaders that His teachings will not fit in their old religious wineskins. Their traditions and rules are no longer suitable containers for what God has brought to man through Jesus. In order for them to understand what God has prepared for them they must get a new container and leave the old one behind.
Jesus asks us to do the same thing.
In order to accept the new life that Jesus gives us in a relationship with him, we must get rid of our old wineskin life and pour ourselves into the new wineskin He offers.
In other words, our old DVD-life will play in Jesus’ Blu-Ray player and it will make it look so much better! But Jesus can’t play what He has for you in your old DVD player life. Paul says it this way.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
You see the two technologies won’t talk with each other because the old has to go and the new has to come.
I don’t know about you, but I want to live my life in HD. I want to see the colors and the vibrancy God designed for me to experience. I don’t want to muddle through life in a 13-inch black and white existence.
The only way this happens is if we get rid of our old DVD life and accept Jesus’ Blu-Ray upgrade.
Trust, me the picture is way better.