6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 11 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.
I see God sending His Son into danger out of an extravagant love and desire to rescue the world. God does not hedge His bets and include a “plan B” if things should go badly. The Son comes to the vineyard vulnerable and unarmed. And He is killed. I hear God saying to me, “This is how I run.”
So if I want to run with God, I can’t be a calculating bet-hedger. This is how I am responding to this text. I am praying for courage to embrace risk in which there is no clear back-up plan. I must admit it is easier to trust in a back-up plan than in God to win the day. My action is confession. My action is prayer for supernatural courage for the inevitable risks that lie ahead.
Jeff Reed, Pastor
Hillside Covenant Church – Walnut Creek