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Mr. Fix-It

Mon, Oct 14th, 2013
Posted in All Faith & Worship

By Rev. Paul Ibisch

”Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17 NIV

Do you know anything about evaporation pans for radiators? These pans are made of copper and faithfully held water for about 50 years. After that much time the pans start to break down in the corners where they are soldered together causing them to leak. People who think they can fix the problem simply by soldering are disappointed to find that the solder won’t stick to corroded copper. Even if you try to solder in new copper tape, it won’t work. At least it didn’t work for me, because I am not Mr. Fix-it.

Do you know more about wineskins? Jesus spoke about trying to fix old, brittle wineskins. Patching just didn’t work and could result in losing all of the wine. Jesus’ point was that he had come from God to be the Savior of people who put their trust in him. His audience felt that they didn’t need a Savior and could patch up their relationship with God by fasting, making some sacrifices and doing a few good things. They were just as wrong as the people today who think that they can fix things with God on their own terms.

The good news is that Mr. Fix-It has come. The apostle Paul explains it this way, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NIV).” Faith in Jesus is the new way for our lives. See you in church!

Rev. Paul Ibisch, with 28 years of parish ministry, continues to teach the Bible, guest preach, publish devotionals, and encourage the work of local congregations. Telephone: 608-799-0990.

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