13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’
14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”
17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:
“‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?
18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”
19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.
It’s amazing that God has the heart that he has for all of mankind. Jesus tells a parable and it is about God and his son. God sends his son, whom he loves, to the land in hopes that the tenants will respect him. This is because God’s people have resisted and continue to beat the servants that God sends to His people.
The teachers of the law and the chief priests were convicted as they knew he was speaking against them. Instead of acknowledging that their forefathers persecuted God’s prophets, they wanted to find a way to arrest him immediately. We all have a choice on how we react to God’s words. Do we become defensive or we become humble and listen to God? After all of this resistance, God is still willing to send his son to save the world. God can change his mind, but his love for us is so deep, that he overlooks our iniquities.