The Vineyard

Phil Matthews

9th April, 2017 ()

Bible Text: Isaiah 5:1-7; Matthew 21:33-46 |

“There’s probably no God.  Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”.  So proclaimed a controversial poster campaign on London buses a few years ago, the sentiment of which is sadly supported by many people today, whether explicitly or implicitly.  At the time of Jesus, it is unlikely many would have used those exact words.  But while crowds welcomed him into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, shortly afterwards he was being rejected by the religious leaders of the day, who by extension were rejecting the God who had sent him.  In the “parable of the tenants”, Jesus explores this idea using an allegory about a vineyard.  His words warn us against making the same mistake as the religious leaders, but also offer great encouragement.  Foreshadowing his death and resurrection, he tells us that “the stone the builders rejected has become the capstone”.  That stone, Christ himself, is the one sure foundation on which we can build our lives.

(NB the recording does not have Phil's introduction)

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