“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard and put a wall around it and dug a wine press in it , and built a tower , and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce. The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third. But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. They said to Him, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected , This became the chief corner stone; This came about from the Lord , And it is marvelous in our eyes ‘? Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it. And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”
Matthew 21:33-35, 37, 39-39, 41-44
Its the last week of Jesus’ life and ministry here on earth. Already this week, Jesus has been praised by the people as the Messiah King, He’d cleansed the temple and His authority had been challenged by the religious leaders of the day. So He tells this parable.
There was a boss or landowner who planted a vineyard and set the farm up to not only grow grapes but to make wine. He leaves his workers in charge of the farm and goes on to other things.
So time rolls by and it’s time to collect from the earnings of his crop. The farm manager recognizes the owner’s representitives and beats, stones and kills them. Wow! So, the determined landowner sends more represents who were similary mistreated. So, the landowner send his son-surely the tenants will recognize and respect him . . . Not so, the tenants say to each other, “If we kill the heir, we’ll inherite the farm”. So they do. As a result, the landowner brings an army to regain his investment. After resecuring it, the land owner would rent it out to more responsible tenants. At this point, Jesus’ parable wasn’t so parablish-He was speaking pretty plainly. He then quotes Psalm 118:22-23: “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected , This became the chief corner stone.” Now, the cornerstone was pretty important-it held the who foundation together and the rest of a building rested upon it. Now Jesus was quite blunt-you may reject the Son, but you cannot reject the Landowner Father. You may reject His Son, but He will establush His Kingdom anyway. You (speaking to the Nation of Israel) have mishandled the assignment that He gave you, but He will soon take it from you and give it to others. Jesus was speaking of the New Testament Church-He was speaking of you and I. But, first of all, to be a Kingdom rep, you must 1st be part of the Kingdom. This is done by placing you faith and trust in Jesus as your Savior.
Beyond that, what an awesome task He’s given us to do! What an awesome responsibility it is to represent Him and to be His Kingdom here on the earth. Let’s not mishandle that or take it for granted.
Think about it!