New Cloth For Old


[Jesus said], “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.”

Luke 5:36


When Christ said this, he was referring to himself.

Jesus Is the New Cloth.

A little history:  centuries prior to Jesus’s birth, the old House of David was irretrievably broken.  Almost to a man,  the books of 1st and 2nd Kings describe the kings that comprised the Davidic line — Saul, David, Solomon, Ahab, et al. — as having done “evil in the eyes of the Lord”.  (They took pagan wives, worshiped pagan gods, performed pagan rituals. etc.  If there was a commandment, the House of David broke it.)

King David himself had an adulterous affair with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, one of his soldiers (David went so far as to order Uriah killed on a suicide mission).

Prior to Jesus’s birth, the throne of David (and the kingdom of Israel) had long since ceased to exist.  It was now nothing more than an isolated province of the Roman Empire (long after it had been conquered by the likes of Assyria and Babylon).

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.

“The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

Luke 1:30-33, 35

When the Holy Spirit entered Mary’s womb on that fateful day, God was making a clean break with the past.  Gone was the sin, the evil, and the corruption that had plagued the old Davidic line.  God himself was re-establishing the line that would ultimately produce Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Even though Joseph was descended from the House of David (Luke 1:27), Jesus the Messiah could not be fathered by him (the preceding bloodline was simply too corrupt).

Joseph himself was now nothing more than a humble carpenter — there was absolutely nothing about him that gave any hint of royal lineage.

God — The Holy One Himself — was wiping the slate clean.  He was starting over with a whole new, sacred, pure, and undefiled  piece of cloth (trying to physically attach Jesus to the old bloodline would’ve been impossible; as Jesus himself said in the passage from Luke that I quoted from above, “the patch from the new will not match the old”).

What God for the world on that fateful day, he can do for you as well.  During this holiday season, turn to Him.  During this season of new beginnings, let God give YOU a fresh start (“Behold, I make all things new!” — Revelation 21:5).

Merry Christmas and God Bless.


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