“New wine is poured into fresh wineskins” (Mark 2:22)
On This Date…
On January 15, 1929 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; his mother was the daughter of the previous pastor of Ebenezer Church. In high school Dr. King skipped both the 9th and 12th grades. He entered Morehouse College at age 15; at the end of his junior year he resolved to enter the seminary; he was ordained a minister during his senior year in college. From 1948 to 1951 he earned a Bachelor of Divinity Degree at Crozer Theological seminary in Chester, PA; he was valedictorian. He married his wife, Coretta, in 1953.
In the Gospel for tomorrow, the official birthday this year for Dr. King, Jesus says, “New wine is poured into fresh wineskins”. One commentator noted that Dr. King’s message – “freedom for slaves in law and in fact, without blood being shed, save his own” – is an example of new wine in fresh wineskins. May people say of us, “They are filled with new wine” (Acts 2:13).