Jesus made a startling prophetic prediction that was so unlikely and so precise that it could not have been anything less than Divine insight. He was predicting the end of an era and the beginning of a new one, which was the inauguration of a new covenant in His blood.
Jesus was on the mount quoting Law and then adding, “But I say unto you ….” Some may have thought that Jesus was negating or nullifying the Law, but nothing could have been farther from the truth. There has always been a struggle by many to understand the relationship between the old and new covenants, but in our passage, Jesus is pretty clear about that relationship.
Jesus answered the critical question of the scribes and Pharisees with three parables: the parable of the bridegroom, the parable of the patch on the cloth, and the parable of the wine and the wineskins. The first parable introduces the concept of Jesus as the bridegroom, and the second two parables illustrate the idea of something old and something new.