What will you do with Jesus?
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Matthew 21:42
In today’s reading, Jesus is telling the people a story/parable about a vineyard. It is symbolic of God sending the prophets to the people and how they were rejected down through the generations. Then when God sent His Son into the world to save the people, He (the Son) is rejected above all others and killed. He sums it all up by saying that the One who has been rejected is now the chief cornerstone/building block upon which the age of grace is being built. He concludes with a statement that the cornerstone cannot be destroy. The priests and Pharisees knew what Jesus’ implication was and they were indignant. They wanted to kill Him right then and there. It was a “cross road” so to speak for them. They had a choice in that moment to receive Jesus as their Messiah or do to Him as the vinedressers did in the parable Jesus told.
As we now know, they rejected Him and by the end of that week, crucified Him. They didn’t take the opportunity they were given to receive and walk in their chosen heritage. Today, we have been given the same opportunity to receive the gift of God’s Son. However, now it is a greater gift because Jesus’ work here in the world has been completed. We no longer have the ability to take hold of Him and kill Him. We do have the power, though, to accept Him and all that He died to get back for us.
We have the power to become the sons of God. (see John 1:12) We have the opportunity to accept the right relationship with God in heaven through salvation in Jesus and we have the authority to invite the LORD of all into our heart and life to rescue us from an eternity separated from the Father who loves and created us.
So, the question today is: What will you do with Jesus? Will you receive His love and the sacrifice He made to save us from this lost and dying world or will you reject the message of the good news and refuse to believe that it is true. Maybe you think you can put it off until a better day, but I assure you, there is no better day than today to change your life forever.
Today I want to encourage you to receive God’s gift of salvation and accept Jesus into your heart and life. He will change your life, He will change your circumstances and He will change your world. It is the greatest decision you will ever make. Pray this simple prayer today, Jesus will come in and turn the things your enemy meant for evil into good.
God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me. Please forgive my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new. I know Your Son, Jesus died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. At this very moment, I accept, confess, and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward. I now have a right relationship with God my Father through this salvation in Jesus. I thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit to guide me and to empower me to do the things that You have planned for my life in Jesus’ name, Amen
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 21:33-46
33 “Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.
34 Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit.
35 And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another.
36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.
37 Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
38 But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’
39 So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?”
41 They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.”
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.
44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
45 Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them.
46 But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.