April 1, 2001
The wicked tenants
our Sunday morning Bible class we have been studying the parables of Christ.
What is a parable? In a nutshell it's an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.
In the parable in which Jesus compares the kingdom to a gang of wicked
tenants He has packed this parable with divine truths that you and I need.
Consider the truth of this parable. Here Jesus gives us the truth.
The truth concerning God.
Then there is the truth about humankind.
render to God what is God's. The history of man is his continued
refusal of the servants and then the son.
Elijah was driven into the wilderness.
Isaiah was sawn asunder
Zechariah was stoned to death before the altar
John the Baptist was beheaded
Jesus was crucified.
Then there is the truth concerning Christ.
mission He was obedient to God's will to save and reconcile a lost and sinful world and bring it back to the Father justified.
How do we react to this story? There are two possible reactions. We can be like
the hearers who rejected and plotted to kill Jesus for they knew that He was
speaking of them. Or, we can turn to Him and in faith, hope and love serve Him
with our whole being. We can be wicked tenants or grateful servants. You be the
judge. In Jesus' Name. Amen