Jesus is speaking to us from the twentieth chapter of Luke.
Well, He was speaking directly to the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, & the elders. And His disciples, as well as many other people who weren’t fully sold-out followers of Jesus, were listening to Him. But at the same time, He is speaking to us. Past tense & present tense, both at the same time.
That’s not a new concept for those of us who have experienced conviction or comfort or peace of heart & mind when reading our Bibles. But it is always an awesome thing to experience.
Luke 20:16b-17 reads: But when they heard this they said, “That must never happen!” But He looked at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of this Scripture: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone?”
Here is just a bit of info/backstory on what was happening before this interaction took place. Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover & He had been welcomed by the crowds in what is known as The Triumphal Entry. He had wept over Jerusalem and had cleared the Temple, driving out those who were selling animals for sacrifices. And now these leading men, the “upper crust” so-to-speak, had come to challenge His authority. A discourse regarding John the Baptist had ensued, and believe me you, that was a very touchy subject for these men.
Immediately following Jesus’s refusal to tell them by what authority He was “doing all these things” (like healing people, proclaiming God’s astounding love & mercy, bringing conviction of sin to the hearts of the people…things these men should have been thrilled to see coming to pass) Jesus went straight into the parable of the evil farmers (sometimes referred to as the Parable of the Evil Tenants). You can read it in verses 9-19 of Luke chapter 20 & then go back to the verses we’ve landed on today…16b & 17.
Jesus was unequivocally telling the scribes & the chief priests & even the elders that their “kingdom” was about to be take from them and given to others (see the first part of verse 16). OUCH!
And just who were those “others”? Well, probably the Gentiles…DOUBLE OUCH! This was a slap in the face, and it was meant to be exactly that.
This was more truth than they could bear! It pretty much broke them.
Here’s today’s 64k question…
What Truth Breaks ME???
And do I yield to Jesus in that breaking, or do I react in anger?
Lord, help me to always bend the knee to you when Your truth touches a nerve in my heart, mind & life. Keep me far from the hard-hardheartedness that lens itself so quickly to anger, resentment, bitterness and disappointment. Be the One whose truth always speaks louder than my flesh or my circumstances, because You are Truth, Jesus.
Lord, don’t let go of our hands as we walk this life journey with You. Keep us close to you today and every day and bless us by continuing to break us in every part of our lives that need Your breaking.
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Lord bless ~ Jan L. Burt