Scripture: Luke 20:9 Jesus began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went to another country for a long time. 10 When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants in order that they might give him his share of the produce of the vineyard; but the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed… 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him… they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Heaven forbid!” 17 But he looked at them and said, “What then does this text mean:
‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? 18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”
19 When the scribes and chief priests realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to lay hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people.
Observation: Jesus chose a clever way to call out the scribes and chief priests. They would regret their decision to reject Jesus. And how did the scribes and chief priests respond? Did they repent and turn from their evil thoughts? No. “They wanted to lay hands on him that very hour…”.
Application: Two points strike me this morning. First, sometimes the truth hurts. But it’s important to have people in your life who love you enough to tell you the truth – even when it hurts. I can count such people in my life on one hand. And I thank God for them. How many such people do you have in your life?
Secondly, we aren’t only meant to receive truth but to offer it to others. Even when it hurts. Is there an important truth you need to share, but you’ve been putting it off because it might be painful?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, though you loved many people, you weren’t afraid to challenge them with difficult truth. Give us grace to both receive and give truth to those we love. Amen.