The arrival of Jesus onto the scene in Mark 1 is brisk, even shocking. Mark uses the word “immediately” 9 times to indicate how Jesus burst onto the scene. The beginning of Jesus’ ministry caused waves. Sudden healings, power exorcisms, and authoritative teaching characterize the way Mark portrays Jesus. By chapter 2 the religious leaders have seen all they need to see in order to be uncomfortable with this new leader. Jesus proclamation that the paralytic’s sins are forgiven causes religious leaders to want to accuse Jesus of blasphemy. Jesus gives these religious leaders a public rebuke for their silent questioning. Next the religious leaders are dumbfounded by Jesus’ inclusion of tax collectors and other sinners. Jesus’ choice of dinner guests does not seem at all kosher to the religiously snotty. Finally the religious detectives gain evidence that Jesus and the disciples do not wash their hands in a religiously acceptable way. This is when Jesus comes out and says it. “No one puts new wine into old wineskins.” Jesus’ illustration was a straight forward proclamation. Jesus is ushering in a completely new day. The gospel of the kingdom of God would not be a re-wrapping of an old religion. This is why we call the portion of our Bibles from Matthew-Revelation, the New Testament. Jesus has brought us something new.