Sunday, February 16, 2014

The yeast (Luke 5:37)

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. (Luke 5:37 NASB)

The list of ingredients for making wine is pretty short. Grapes + yeast + sugar are enough to make wine. Sometimes additional water or clarifying agents are added, but for basic winemaking, grapes, yeast, and sugar are enough. In fact, if the grapes are sweet enough, you could potentially make wine with only grapes and yeast. 

When the grapes are crushed and the yeast is added, transformation begins, and continues until the winemaker stops the fermentation or until the yeast dies. Isn't that interesting? The yeast gives its life to accomplish transformation of fruit to wine. 

Wow! That's exactly what Jesus did for us, isn't it? In the same way that the work of the yeast is completed in its death (otherwise the wine would be spoiled), the work of Christ was completed on the cross and demonstrated by his resurrection. What He has already done is enough. 

As we consider our loved ones today, pray that they will embrace the finished work of Christ and allow the life-giving transformation only He can give.