Day 10: The Cornerstone of Faith
Mark 12:1-12 (ESV)
And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this Scripture: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away.
The scribes and Pharisees were always critical of Jesus. He responded back with brilliant questions and powerful parables like this one. In this parable, I believe Jesus describes the treatment of the prophets and truth tellers who preceded him, and then predicts his own demise at their hands, but with the hopeful promise of Jesus being the cornerstone of faith through the marvelous work of our Lord. How do you respond to detractors and opposition? Can you learn from our Lord?
Rev. Andy Bales
President/CEO of Union Rescue Mission