Hey you -
Are you ready to hear another parable?
This ones about a landowner
who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it,
then He dug a winepress and placed it inside of it -
and then He built a tower to protect it.
Then the landowner leased it to vinedressers
who were supposed to care for the vines
while he was gone.
He had to go away on a very long journey.
But when the harvest season approached,
the landowner remembered his vines,
he sent his servants to the vinedressers,
that they might receive its fruit.
But the wicked vinedressers took his servants
and beat them and killed them, sometimes with stones.
So the landowner sent other servants,
more than the first, and the tenants did likewise to them.
Then last of all, he sent his son to them,
thinking, “They will respect my son.”
But when the tenants saw the son coming,
they said among themselves,
‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him
and take his inheritance.’
So they cast the son out of the vineyard
and they killed him.
Can you imagine what the landowner will do?
Now if you are a Christian,
and you know the Parable of the Tenants,
which is often referred to
as the Parable of the Vinedressers,
then you know God is the landowner,
and Jesus is the Son,
and the tenants are the humans who do not believe.
“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.’
“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God
will be taken from you and given to a nation
bearing the fruits of it.
And whoever falls on this stone will be broken;
but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
This is just another way to say
that every human being will trip over Jesus.
Every human will have an opportunity to submit to Him.
A person will either die to self
and love the Lord with all their heart,
or they will be crushed beneath weight.
Do you understand?
The cornerstone is Jesus.
Jesus is the cornerstone of God’s foundation -
the Mountain of Zion.
Jesus is the vertical plumb-line
upon which every other living stone is built on.
But most people deny this glorious work.
Most people are like the chief priests and Pharisees
who deny the parables that came out of Jesus's mouth.
Instead of being transformed by the Word of God,
people take offense.
Instead of reflecting on who they really are,
they long to kill the messenger -
the one who prophecies about the kingdom of God.
Listen to me -
The Lord is coming soon.
Most of you don’t believe me,
but I am telling you the Lord is about
to bring His hammer down!
We may not see it in our lifetime,
but there is a price to pay!
All who deny Christ will suffer the curse.
Every day I look to the sky,
waiting for an opening
to see Jesus in the clouds.
Every day I whisper to Him,
saying, "I am waiting. Lord, Come.”
Do you know that I hear the voice of God?
Every time I read His Word,
He instructs me to write a poem.
His Spirit not only gives me
understanding and wisdom,
but He gives me the words.
None of this is on my own.
Except of course, my decision to obey God
and spend time with Him.
I pray each day that hearts will be changed.
I pray for the people I love, and those I don’t.
I pray for people to submit their lives
to Jesus Christ -
the author of our faith.
I pray for eyes to be opened
instead of hardness of hearts.
I pray for impurities to be stripped away.
I pray for purity of heart.
I pray for all God’s children to say,
“Hallelujah and Amen.”
I pray for mankind to understand
that Jesus is the GATEWAY into Heaven.
Read the words that came out of Jesus’s mouth,
and find out for yourself.
You can hate me all you want,
but I am only the messenger
of the Landowner -
sharing His Words with you.
I am only a servant of God
who does what I have been instructed to do.