Written by Matthew Thompson
Mark 12:7 But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’ 8 They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.
Perhaps few scriptures in the Bible so accurately paint a picture of what we have become today. Everywhere you look people have declared that the best way to have control of their own lives, and their own world, is to kill the Son.
Everything from public prayer to moral convictions has been suppressed and marginalized by our society. Our Nation, which at one time was founded in Biblical truth and righteousness, has become a place where the new standard is open hostility towards the church and the God we represent.
Yet, in the midst of this rebellion and attack on Christ, we have hope. In reading this passage, it is important for us to remember that this parable was not written about society, it was written about the church. It was not written to change the barbarism and debauchery of Rome, it was written that the church might become a light in world that is dark.
It is the church which must stand firm in the vineyard. It is the church that must defer to God. It is the church that must say “This faith I have comes not because I am strong, but because I am weak, and I recognize my total and complete dependence upon Him.” God has already laid the foundation, tilled the soil, planted the seed and prepared for the harvest. Don’t try to rebuild the vineyard because you can’t. Trust in where the Lord has put you and then, having done all, stand