LISTEN TO HIM!
“This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.” —Luke 9:35
Listen to Him! It is what He has to say that is important and should be our top priority. This next Sunday is Palm Sunday. We will look at “What would you do if you knew you had one week to live?” Then we are going to look at what Jesus did with His last week before He was crucified.
“He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out. “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’ “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. “What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!” Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: “ ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people” (Luke 20:9-19).
Did you hear what Jesus said? Are you listening? Jesus was specifically speaking to the Jewish people, but this has a wider application as well. Yes, Israel was being spoken of, but all who are doing what Israel did will experience the same outcome. But it will not just be a temporal judgment. No, it will be an eternal judgment.
Those who accept and receive the Son will be accepted and received by the Son. But those who reject the Son will be rejected by the Son. Listen to Him!
Dear Father, may I be a faithful listener to Jesus, being and doing what He desires. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.