Mark 12:1-12 Killing Jesus

Killing Jesus

Mark 12:1-12

 And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed.

One of the things I’ve observed in this text is how God never gets tired of sending servants to His people. In his patience, He sends three servants who were bullied and sends away empty-handed yet the master did not punish the people rather He did something unthinkable.

Hebrews 11:35-38 gives us a picture of the people who have suffered for the master:

35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

This is part of what we are to experience as God’s people. Being rejected because of the gospel is all but normal for us.

He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

In God’s final way to reach out to the people, He sends His son to them. This was God’s answer to the problem of the many servants who have suffered.

But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture:“‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 11 this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

Charles Spurgeon said, “If you reject Him, He answers you with tears. If you wound Him, He bleeds out cleansing. If you kill Him, He dies to redeem. If you bury Him, He rises again to bring us resurrection. Jesus is love manifest.

12 And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away.

Lord, may we not reject your Son, Jesus. May you open our eyes to see the wonderful grace that you have patiently bestowed upon us. In Jesus name.


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