Upon arriving in Jerusalem the next day (Tuesday), many people gathered around Jesus, and of course the Pharisees and Scribes were among them. Jesus took this opportunity to teach as He always did – in parables.
Luke 20:9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. 10 And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. 11 And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. 12 And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out. 13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. 14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. 15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them? 16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid. 17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? 18 Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.
The nation of Israel had been left in the hands of the religious leaders for centuries, and they were failing at leading the people closer to God. The nation went into captivity twice because the leadership had allowed the people to turn away from God and His commandments. they substituted their own religious ways instead of the ways of Gods. God sent prophet after prophet to try and urn them back, but they just keep returning to their ungodly ways. Now He has sent His Son, and they are about to kill Him. The text says the Pharisees and Scribes knew Jesus was talking about them, so they sought to take Him out once again. This was all they could think to do – heaven forbid they should follow Him and turn from their deceptive practices.
We have a denominational system today that is doing the same thing. They have doctrines that are no where to be found in the scripture, and they give it more weight than the words of God Himself. They lead people astray with flowery words of grace, forgetting that there is a hell to pay if we ignore the blood sacrifice of Christ. All are going to heaven because Christ paid the price is their message. On top of that, they allow things in their churches that are forbidden in scripture because their doctrine supersedes the scripture. One day, the Son will return for His own and many will miss that call because they believed a lie. Pastors, bishops, priests and all will pay a high price for leading their flocks through the wide gate.
Open up your Bibles, my friends and study the scriptures for yourselves. I don’t mean just read them, but study them. The word says we must “ Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (1 Tim 2:15). Rightly dividing means to dissect it and see what it really means. The word of God speaks for itself. We need to accept it with the faith of a little child (Matt 18:3). It speaks for itself, and the Holy Spirit will help us understand what we do not if we will just ask (James 1:5).
Matt 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. 7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
The second parable is similar in a lot of ways. The king prepares a feast and invites certain of his people to the feast, but they refuse to come. He actually took the time to ask them twice. But when they refused the second time, he sent his servants out and brought in anyone they could find. Each person who came got a special garment for the feast. When all the guests had gathered, someone was there without a garment. My best guess is it was one of those who were bidden at first and said they couldn’t make it. That person was thrown out of the feast, bound hand and foot.
If we want to go to that glorious feast in heaven, we must have on the right garment. AT first, the nation of Israel were God’s chosen people. When Christ came, the message was first preached to the Jews, but they rejected it and the disciples were guided to take it to the Gentiles. We all benefited from that. Now salvation is available to all who call upon the name of the Lord, and only to those who call on the name of the Lord.
I hear people say there are many ways to heaven. If that is true, then Jesus was a liar, and, frankly, a lunatic! He said He was the only way. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” These are not my words, they are His. In other places He said He is one with the Father (John 10:30). Paul writes this in 2 Cor 5:21 “ For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” I choose to believe what the Bible tells me.
Have you decided yet? Have you accepted Christ as Savior? Do you believe He was your substitute on that cross, that he died for your sins, and that He rose again to provide eternal life for you? The scriptures put it this way: Romans 10:9-11 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
If you have not made that decision, I urge you to do so today. The signs of the times point to His soon return, and I don’t want any of my friends to miss out on that heavenly calling. Pray this prayer with me today:
Heavenly Father, I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive me of my sin. I repent, and vow that I will turn away from my wicked ways and make you Lord of my life. Come into my heart and help me change right now. Help me become the person you want me to be. I accept the sacrifice your Son made for me on that cross as my substitute. I believe He rose again to prepare me a place in heaven. Take my life Lord, and let me live for you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Now, if you prayed that prayer, make sure you find a church where the bible is preached, not just some fun little sermons that make you feel good. Tell the Pastor you have just received Christ as your Savior. Start to read your bible. I suggest starting in the New Testament, the fourth book – The Gospel of John. Once you finish that, go back and read the first four books of the New Testament. Ask God to open your heart to His word as you read, and don’t read it too fast. Let the words sink into your spirit. If you have questions, ask your Pastor, or shoot me a comment and I will do my best to help you along. Don’t be left out of the feast without a garment!