6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:
“‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
11 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them.
How sad, how ironic, that it was the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders – the religious experts – who knew who Jesus was and still rejected him! They understood the truth of the parable, that they were the ones who Jesus said treated the servants of the landowner, a.k.a. God, shamefully. If they “got it”, why were they not filled with remorse, instead of anger and hostility? What did they have to lose, when there was so much more to gain?
Maybe you don’t call yourself a religious “expert,” but there may be times when you shrug off Jesus from your life. Maybe you don’t reject him, per se, but just ignore him. Why not give Jesus what he is due as God’s only son? Certainly respect, along with our faith in him.
God knew Jesus would be rejected, however, he that is our cornerstone. It is marvelous, that even though God knew beforehand that not all would accept him, that Jesus would be crucified in a most painful death, his death would be the means for our forgiveness, for our new beginning, and our wholeness.
You have given us an amazing inheritance, Lord, and so because that it is one that comes as a result of humanity rejecting Jesus. You took what was wrong and let it be the means of receiving salvation. You are marvelous, O God! You are utterly incomprehensible in your amazing, gracious love. We absolutely do not deserve the grace we receive in Jesus Christ. But we thank you. Amen.