I WILL SEND MY BELOVED

There are those who will always challenge the conclusion to which we adhere:  God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who exists in the form of a trinity.  He is a unified personality who cannot be divided into different parts. (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 44:6; Jer. 10:19; Mark 12:29; 1 Thess. 1:9; 1 Tim. 2:5)

The Lord Jesus, while here upon the earth spoke mostly in parables, in one particular case He spoke on one occasion (Luke 20:9-18) concerning a man who planted a vineyard and rented it out to vine-growers.  He went on an extended trip.  At harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers so that he could enjoy some of the produce of the vineyard.  The vine-growers simply beat him and sent him away empty handed.

The man than sent a second slave who they beat and sent away shamefully empty-handed.  The man then proceeded to send a third, the vine-growers became even more violent and wounded him and cast him out.  It is almost incomprehensible, but the owner now says: “I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.  However, after conferring with each other they concluded: “This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.”  So, they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him!  The owner of the vineyard arrives and destroys those vine-growers and gives to others.  Defensively those listening said: “May it never be!”

It is then that Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “The stone which the builders rejected, this became the Chief corner Stone?  Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”

The next thing we read is that “the scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that He spoke this parable against them.”

In the midst of this entire parable, which might seem a bit long, we find these beautiful words: “I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.”

He, the owner, did send His Son Jesus!  But like the scribes and chief priests, they rejected HIM.  While some may say: “May it never be!”, like those who rejected HIM then, we still find a large number that reject HIM even though God did, and continues to reach our saying: “I have sent my Son, my beloved Son.  Hear ye HIM.”

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.  He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)

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