What will you do with Jesus?
Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone’? Luke 20:17
In today’s reading, Jesus told a story/parable about a wicked vinedresser. The meaning was 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 concluded by saying that the One who has been rejected is the chief cornerstone/building block upon which the age of grace is being built. He ended 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 “crossroad” 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 them.
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 children of God. (see John 1:12) We have the opportunity to accept the right relationship with God in heaven through salvation in the blood of 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: Luke 20:9-19
9 Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time.
10 Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11 Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.
12 And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.
13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.’
14 But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’
15 So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16 He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.” And when they heard it they said, “Certainly not!”
17 Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone’?
18 Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
19 And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people —for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.