DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL
SUNDAY MARCH 17, 2019
TEXT: Matthew 9:14-26
KEY VERSE: “No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rest is made worse.” – (Matthew 9:16).
John Bunyan once wrote, “The happy man was born in the city of Regeneration, in the parish of Repentance unto life. He was educated in the School of Obedience; he works at the trade of Diligence and does many jobs of Self-denial.
He owns a large estate in the country of Christian Contentment and wears the plain garments of humility. He breakfasts every morning on spiritual prayer and sups every evening on the same. He also has meat to eat that the world knows not of.
He has gospel submission in his conduct, due order in his affection, sound peace in his conscience, sanctifying love in his soul, real divinity in his breast, true humility in his heart, the Redeemer’s yoke on his neck, the world under his feet, and a crown of glory over his head.” Bunyan’s description of the happy man is the picture of a Christian whose life is transformed by grace.
Using the illustration of garments and wine, Jesus told His disciples that there must be a clear difference between old things and new ones. Drawing heavily on the cultural practices of the Jews, He explained that old cloths would not go with new pieces neither would old bottles serve with new wine.
The christian life is a brand new relationship with the heavenly Father because of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The death of Jesus on the cross brought forgiveness and pardon for our sins and opportunities of experiencing new relationship with the Lord. In the new life, new rules guide our walk in newness of life and we begin to do all things to the glory of God.
New Wine, New Bottle by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
That is why in the new life, miracles become our portion every day. Such was the experiences of the woman and the girl in our passage today. May such an experience be yours too in Jesus’ Name!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The cross of Jesus offers new and better life for all.
THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: Numbers 29-30
Source: Daily Manna Devotional