FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
BUILT ON THE CORNERSTONE
March 21, 2014
Today’s gospel: Matthew 21:33-46
God raised Israel as His people. God destined them to be great under Him as King. But they ultimately rejected Him, being unfaithful to their covenant. And even as God sent His Son Jesus as the Messiah, the leaders of Israel, “the chief priests and the Pharisees” (v.45) also rejected him. “They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.” (v.39).
But God has a purpose in raising up a people. They are to do His work and extend His kingdom. They are to proclaim Him as King to all the nations. God looks to His workers bearing fruit. “When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.” (v.34). If they fail to do this and even turn away from Him, then God passes on the work to others. He will “lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper time.” (v.41b).
We in CFC have been called, raised and empowered by God to do His work. From the very start, our mission is to do rapid and massive evangelization. But due to infidelities, we lost our way and our momentum. But now, God gives us a second chance. He gives us LCSC to get back on track. We must recognize what God is doing, and faithfully carry out our work. If not, we are in danger of losing it all. “Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” (v.43).
Now the work is not going to be easy. It is challenging and demanding. It requires us to be whole-hearted and to give our all. Anything less is not worthy of the Kingdom. When we evangelize massively, we enter into spiritual warfare. We will be bruised and bloodied. We will be oppressed and persecuted. The world dominated by the evil one is antagonistic to Christians. Just like the servants the landowner sent, we can experience what they experienced–”one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned.” (v.35b).
When that happens, we are greatly privileged to share in the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus. We are privileged to embrace the cross of our Lord Jesus. We are fortunate to be building blocks founded on the cornerstone that is Jesus. “Jesus said to them, ‘Did you never read in the scriptures: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes”?’” (v.42). This is our privilege and blessing. It indeed is wonderful.
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