January 17, 2022 – Mark 12: 1-12 – Pride

Today we are reading from Mark 12: 1-12:

1 Then he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 2 When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. 3 But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. 4 And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. 5 Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. 6 He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 What then 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 amazing in our eyes’?”
12 When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away.

We see Jesus here share a parable with the people and with the religious leaders.  In this parable, or story, a landowner has land, and eventually, the tenants drive out, beat, and eventually kill all those who the landowner sent to harvest. Eventually, they kill the very son of the landowner.  After that, the landowner will come to them, in judgment. 

Folks sometimes didn’t understand Jesus’ parables. They got this one.  They realized that Jesus was talking about them. And while they would love to “get” Him, they couldn’t.  

I am just always amazed by the pride of people in the Bible, but not the good kind of pride. The kind of pride that is unwilling to admit they could be wrong or unwilling to rethink.  Or look within themselves and admit their sin. The pride that makes someone unable or unwilling to repent and follow Jesus. 

There they were, with Jesus RIGHT IN FRONT of them. And they were unwilling to humble themselves and follow Him. They missed Him!  Can you believe it? 

I can, because I know that I do the same thing every day.  Am I willing daily to humble myself, to put down my pride, to look for Jesus and follow Him? 

Or maybe even serve Him by serving others?  

That is the battle that we face. Can we humble ourselves, get over ourselves, and find Jesus. They could not. They had too much pride.  Let’s not make the same mistake.  

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