Jesus was replying in an answer to fasting. He illustrates firstly that a a bridegroom would celebrate with his bride to be, the guests would not fast during that time, because fasting was not used for celebrations but for mourning, seeking God's mercy, or requesting something from God when particularly bereaved. In the same way, Jesus was ushering in the kingdom of God. It was a time of celebration, and His disciples were like "guests" to the party.
Then He goes on to say new cloth can't patch up old clothing and new wine can't be poured into old wineskins. From the link above, I interpret it to mean:
Jesus was saying, "these traditions of fasting like you (Pharisees) do constantly are old wineskin stuff." This does not discount the practice of fasting, but the Pharisees' perception of fasting as a tradition or religious practice. Jesus was ushering in the Kingdom of God, which represented the new wineskins. He was bringing the New Covenant of grace, yet not while attempting to destroy and do away with the Old Covenant of the law. He came to FULFIL the law: Matthew 5:17-20.
Key here is Luke 5:39 - they drink the old and prefer it. This reflects the religious leaders of the day but also those of us that hold onto traditions which bind us back to the Covenant of the law, not the new Covenant. We create a construct of how Christianity should be, with all these traditions. And the "new wine" can't be poured in. It would BURST the old wineskin, which has lost it's ability to flex and move.
Do away with the traditions and focus on the New Covenant of grace, otherwise you'll hear the words of Jesus and be repelled, it will bring greater harm and destruction when you try to incorporate it with your pre-defined notions of Christianity.
Read the link to understand the background of wineskins made in the days of and before Jesus, and why He uses that illustration.
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