Rejected Authority

What a wonderful day to be in the House of the Lord. It was a glorious Sunday worship here at Northeast. I’m undone by the mercy of Jesus, I’m undone by the goodness of the Lord. I’m restored and made right, He got ahold of my life. I’ve got Jesus, how could I want more. Those beautiful words are so true!

Our message this week was a continuation of Luke. We see Jesus in the Temple teaching. Those in authority, the Pharisees, question who Jesus thinks He can do this; who gives Him the authority? He replies with a question for them: Was John’s baptism from Heaven or man? The officials feel they were in a corner. If they said, “Heaven,” then Jesus would say, “Then why didn’t you believe him?” If they say, “From man,” they feared the people would kill them. To be safe, they responded, “We don’t know.” Jesus then goes on to tell the Parable of the Vine growers. There was a certain man who was a landowner, and had a vineyard. He leased the vineyard out to some vine growers to take care of it. When harvest came, he decided to collect from the vine growers. He sent some men out to collect. The first he sent out was a servant. They vine growers turned him away. The second servant was sent, but instead they beat him and threw him out. The third time, the man sent his beloved son, his one and only, thinking they vine growers would respect him. They on the other hand, saw the son coming and conspired to kill him so they could inherit the land. We know parables are Earthly stories with Heavenly meanings, and we can see Jesus is telling the story of Himself. He used this parable to reflect Himself to the world. The landowner was God the Father. The vineyard was Israel. The vine growers were the Pharisees. The third messenger, the landowner’s son, was Jesus Himself. Those listening to this story cry out, “May it never be,” yet this is exactly what they did. Jesus came to the world to save the people, yet He was killed. Jesus was the stone, which the builders rejected, the one who became the chief cornerstone. There is still time if you have not asked Him to be Savior and Lord of your life. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

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