Luke and The Lost
Students wonder why teachers know what they are going to do before they do it. Young students actually look for the eyes in the backs of our heads. I caught one staring at the back of my head once, because I said “teachers have eyes in the backs of their heads, so he was checking it out! There are two reasons we know and can predict behavior before it happens. The first reason is because, believe it or not, we were once kids and know how to think like kids. We didn’t forget. The second reason is we are aware of environments that can prompt tests of courage or the temptation to give in to doing wrong. We are ready for both outcomes.
The Master teacher, Jesus Christ, Beloved Son of God knows who is with Him and who is against Him. He not only knew the environment, but He knew hearts. He tells a story that is directed specifically at his enemies. He tells it well. When you are guilty, you know it. They knew the story was about them. Who are THEY? Those who want to kill Jesus.
Luke 20, The Message
The Story of Corrupt Farmhands
9-12 Jesus told another story to the people: “A man planted a vineyard. He handed it over to farmhands and went off on a trip. He was gone a long time. In time he sent a servant back to the farmhands to collect the profits, but they beat him up and sent him off empty-handed. He decided to try again and sent another servant. That one they beat black-and-blue, and sent him off empty-handed. He tried a third time. They worked that servant over from head to foot and dumped him in the street.
13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘I know what I’ll do: I’ll send my beloved son. They’re bound to respect my son.’
14-15 “But when the farmhands saw him coming, they quickly put their heads together. ‘This is our chance—this is the heir! Let’s kill him and have it all to ourselves.’ They killed him and threw him over the fence.
15-16 “What do you think the owner of the vineyard will do? Right. He’ll come and clean house. Then he’ll assign the care of the vineyard to others.”
Those who were listening said, “Oh, no! He’d never do that!”
17-18 But Jesus didn’t back down. “Why, then, do you think this was written:
That stone the masons threw out—
It’s now the cornerstone!?
“Anyone falling over that stone will break every bone in his body; if the stone falls on anyone, it will be a total smashup.”
19 The religion scholars and high priests wanted to lynch him on the spot, but they were intimidated by public opinion. They knew the story was about them.
What do we learn?
–We do NOT want to be an enemy of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
–Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith and life forever.
–The guilty knew.
–Guilty people are intimated by what others think.
–Guilty people have no peace. The guilty are full of hate.
–The guilty will be banished from the Kingdom of God.
What do we choose today? There are only two choices before us. Jesus or evil.
I know Who I choose to follow. No matter what is happening in my environment, I have peace….I have Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for another story from Jesus that tells us more about You. You are a loving God but You cannot be where sin resides. we repent of all our sins so that Your Presence can dwell within us. Draw near to us today as we draw near to you. I know You will. We are standing on Your promises. We know this story is about us, too.
In Jesus Name, Amen
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
“I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28