I promise I’m not simply trying to provocative. Read this excerpt from Jesus teaching on Tuesday before his death. It’s no wonder Jesus is executed by weeks end. Jesus foretold the destruction of the beautiful temple in Jerusalem which the Jews looked to as the permanent house of God. In a play on words Jesus says, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it in three days.” He was speaking of course of his own death and resurrection three days later. But check out this scorching parable he tells the religious leaders.
The Story of Two Sons: Matthew 21
28 “Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.’
29 “The son answered, ‘I don’t want to.’ Later on he thought better of it and went.
30 “The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, ‘Sure, glad to.’ But he never went.
31-32 “Which of the two sons did what the father asked?”
They said, “The first.”
Jesus said, “Yes, and I tell you that crooks and whores are going to precede you into God’s kingdom. John came to you showing you the right road. You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw their changed lives, you didn’t care enough to change and believe him.
Jesus spoke with piercing clarity on Tuesday. The first son represents the religious who claim to work in God’s vineyard, but they are all talk and don’t do the true work. The “crooks and whores” said they wouldn’t work in God’s vineyard, but the time was coming when they would turn to God and replace the “religious in name only.”
Life Church seeks to be a church for the unchurched. There are steeples galore for the already convinced, but we are exist so that those who are far from God can find a place to serve in His vineyard in these last days.
Join the rag tag band of people who are finding their place in the community of the faith in these last exciting days. Crooks and whores welcome.