“Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a wine press 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.’ And they caught 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?” - Matt. 21; 33-40
Jesus in the parable tells us that the earth is the Lords, it is His vineyard and there have been workers in this vineyard. Throughout the ages God has sent workers into His field with the purpose of reaping the fruit of their work.
Unfortunately, these prophets have been despised, rejected, beaten, stoned and killed. John the Baptist, the herald for Jesus, was beheaded. Then finally when God sent His Son Jesus he was not only rejected but put to death.
It is a sad pattern and reflects the rebellious nature of humanity in not wanting to submit to God, but wanting to do things in their own way.
The devil has rule over the earth and he tries desperately to hold his grip on people. There has, and still is, the vain ambition of men to take over and have dominion over the earth. All the wars through the centuries have been the vain ambition of a dictator wanting to rule the world.
But Jesus’ death changed everything because he arose from the dead. When Jesus returns he has the final say when those who despised and rejected Him will be banished from His presence forever.
Dear heavenly Father in humility I thank You for the opportunity and privilege to work in Your vineyard at such a time as this. Help me to produce fruit for You that at the coming of the Lord Jesus I may receive your “well done”, in Jesus’ Name.