Mark – The Facts.
“You should have seen it.” “It was a nice time.” That isn’t exciting or helpful for me to see what you saw. What did you see? Tell me more about it, we are thinking. Good storytellers take us to the place, show us what the people look like, and even help us to see what is happening around the action by painting word pictures. We see it in our minds and we aretransported there. We enter in and become a part of the action.
The prophet Nathan told a heart wrenching story to David. The powerful parable drew David in and then ended with a judgement, “You are the man!”, so he could fully understand the depth of his sin. (2 Samuel 12)
Jesus does the same with the religious leaders who have been questioning Him about his credentials and mission. He draws them in with a parable about the owner of a vineyard who sent His son to collect the profits and the farmhands killed Him.
David confessed his sin to God, “I have sinned against the Lord!”, and had to live with the consequences of his sin.
The religious leaders did not confess and later did exactly as the farmhands did in Jesus story. “They knew the story was about them.” From that moment on, as scripture foretold, they began to plot His demise.
Jesus is prophet, healer, teacher, Son of God, Savior, Lord and King. We must listen to His stories, too, to see if there is anything in our lives that offends our God. If there is, we must repent immediately. Confess our sins. Be restored and ready to meet Him when He returns for His own.
Mark 12, The Message
The Story About a Vineyard
12 1-2 Then Jesus started telling them stories. “A man planted a vineyard. He fenced it, dug a winepress, erected a watchtower, turned it over to the farmhands, and went off on a trip. At the time for harvest, he sent a servant back to the farmhands to collect his profits.
3-5 “They grabbed him, beat him up, and sent him off empty-handed. So he sent another servant. That one they tarred and feathered. He sent another and that one they killed. And on and on, many others. Some they beat up, some they killed.
6 “Finally there was only one left: a beloved son. In a last-ditch effort, he sent him, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’
7-8 “But those farmhands saw their chance. They rubbed their hands together in greed and said, ‘This is the heir! Let’s kill him and have it all for ourselves.’ They grabbed him, killed him, and threw him over the fence.
9-11 “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. Read it for yourselves in Scripture:
That stone the masons threw out
is now the cornerstone!
This is God’s work;
we rub our eyes—we can hardly believe it!”
12 They wanted to lynch him then and there but, intimidated by public opinion, held back. They knew the story was about them. They got away from there as fast as they could.
What do we know and what do we learn?
–Jesus will come back again.
–Are we ready?
–Will we be asking for credentials or accepting his judgement?
–Is it time to repent?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Transform us to be all you intended for us to be and then do in this life. Shape us. Heal us of the past. We repent of our sins. Root out all evil in us that offends You. Wash us white as snow and restore the joy of our salvation.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.