A Parable of the Vineyard!
Matthew 21:33-40 (NKJV)
“Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.
Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?”
Of course we know the landowner was God. God had promised Abraham that his seed would be as the sands of the sea. The seed of Abraham would prosper under the protection of God and they would be God’s people.
Over the years the world (vinedresser) sold the descendants of Abraham into bondage, they needed them to build a pyramid for their king. Again God rescued His people and established their worship of Him. God placed a judge as their overseer, and established the order of the priesthood to carry out His work for the people. The people and the world again betrayed Him.
This time God sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross that we might have eternal life. Jesus established the church and removed God’s people from the law that was responsible for hurting His people. When God’s own people rejected Jesus, they lost their share in Heaven.
When the landowner comes to gather His people, those who have betrayed Him will have to stand trial. If found guilty, they will die (Romans 6:23).
The scripture above is a parable. A parable is a story that resembles real life. This story is the story of salvation and why it had to happen. When Jesus established the church, God again placed a line of preachers, teachers, and other clergy to oversee and educate the church. God also gave us His will for us, and we call it “The Bible. “Over the years these clergy allowed the world to creep into the church and corrupt it. These same clergy also allowed their hearts to harden. The bible that God gave us has been perverted over the years and used against God not for him.
This time God did things differently. The church is not a tangible asset. The church was placed in the hearts of the believer. This time each and every person can change the outcome of the church. By studying the word of God for ourselves and finding out His will for us, we can remove the church from the world and lead it out of bondage ourselves through faith in Jesus Christ.
The landowner’s son died in our place. The least we can do is allow Christ to take charge of our lives and lead us through the desert (life) and bring us to the Promised Land (Heaven).