Luke 20

Vs. 2,Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”  It was Passover feast, so the population of Jerusalem increased.  The Pharisee’s and Teachers of the law had a predicament; there were still many who were supporting Jesus.  How could they find a way to arrest Jesus?  So they came trying to test and corner Jesus into saying something blasphemous.  Question: Who did this Jesus think He was?  But Jesus masterfully throws back another question that keeps them quiet (vs. 1-8)  Jesus goes on to share the Parable of the Tenants.  The original audience would have full well known Jesus was referring to the tenants (workers) in the vineyard as themselves (vs. 9-19).  Jesus also teaches us to rightfully respect the nation we live under, but ultimately, God is number one (vs. 20-26).  Then the Sadducees come with a question to stump Jesus (vs. 27-39).  The Sadducees didn’t believe in Resurrection in the first place, but Jesus once again gives an answer that puts them in their place.  Jesus also turns the tables and asks them a question (vs. 41-47).  Question: How can the Messiah be the son of David and be called David’s Lord?  Doesn’t make sense, huh?  Jesus was both…He is God and He was the also the human descendant of David.  This is what we call the incarnation.  Jesus was in the flesh and yet also God, Amen!

Regarding application…What is Your Response?  Vs. 13, “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.”  First of all, Happy New Year!  It’s amazing how 2012 is upon us.  The vineyard owner is God and He sent His one and only Son.  Many tenants rejected him.  Question: What is your response?  Are you respecting Jesus enough to put Him first?  Perhaps we have all heard the adage, “half-obedience is disobedience.”  As this New Year is upon us, let’s keep our eyes focused Heavenward.  We see the slippery slope the vineyard workers had as they continued down the road of sin.  Their continual rejection led to crucifying our Lord.  Start building your house on the foundation of Jesus this New Year!  We can do this dearest brothers & sisters in Christ!  I pray that you would have a blessed week turning to the Lord and living this life wholly in Christ!