Acts 2:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
Even the mocking onlookers recognized something new was happening in Jerusalem. They understood this was a new thing, a new wine that had filled the disciples to the point of looking and sounding like a drunken crowd.
These onlookers had no reference point through which to filter what they were seeing other than their own worldview. The dead, legalistic religion of the Temple was obvious to everyone. Think for a moment about the events leading up to this moment on the day of Pentecost. Jesus has been tried, killed and resurrected, all in the face of the Pharisees who were trying to shut him and his followers up for good.
The Holy Spirit didn’t just stop with Jesus’ resurrection though. On the day Jesus died Matthew records:
Matthew 27:51 English Standard Version (ESV)
51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.
The old wine skins couldn’t contain the new Kingdom that was arriving. The Holy of Holies was now available to all of mankind to enter through the new High Priest, King Jesus. This ripping in two of the Temple Veil was just the beginning of what was to come. The Earth responds with violent shaking and even rocks split.
When we begin to grasp the intensity of the impact of the now of the Kingdom of God that is being set forth in these passages, we can begin to embrace just how powerful this New Wine is that has now filled us. The Holy Spirit is the very power that raised Jesus from the dead, created the universe, and has now chosen to live inside of these lowly fisherman, crooked tax collectors, prostitutes, and uneducated people.
When people look at you do they realize the depths of the New Wine in your life? Do they mistake your zeal for the Kingdom and King Jesus for some strange, unexplainable phenomena beyond their worldview?
I challenge you today to invite the Holy Spirit to enter in afresh to the point that those around you wonder just how drunk on God you really are. The thing about New Wine is that everyone wants a taste. They want to try it and experience it. Each and every one of us as believers are the new wine skins from which they get to experience the goodness and presence of the Almighty.
Come, Holy Spirit!