Luke 5:36-39 — In response to the Pharisees’ question about fasting, Jesus gave three well-known illustrations. He spoke of a new patch on an old garment, new wine in old wineskins and a person’s preference for old wine over new. The truth communicated in these illustrations is that men and women are right with God by faith alone. The message of Jesus is incompatible with religious systems characterised by works righteousness. If it is not salvation by faith alone, in Christ alone, then it is not the Gospel!