Day 247 – Light in the Darkness
On: July 5, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: “ ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’ ? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people. Luke 20:17-19
Looking at the last verse of yesterday’s reading again, the tenants said “God forbid”. Presumably they were referring not to the fact that the son and heir in the parable would be murdered; rather that the existing tenants would be thrown out and replaced by others. Today’s comments by Jesus confirm this and the chief priests and teachers of the law immediately turn against Him – for they see that they are the tenants in the story.
They had come to trust in their own religious rules and regulations and the exclusive status it gave them. Nothing could be further from what God had planned when he chose a people for Himself.
They were meant to reveal His glory to a watching world: “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendour.” Isaiah 49:3
They were meant to bring light to a world in darkness: The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2
As Jesus stated through His parable, the torch has been handed on to “others”, His church. That’s you and me, today. Not because of our worthiness, but because of His grace. Not because of our strength, but his trustworthiness in the storms of life. Not because of our fearlessness, but our trust in His perfect life that casts our fear.
Will we better mirror His glory to a watching world? Will we bring light to a world in darkness?
In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song; This Cornerstone, this solid Ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, When fears are stilled, when strivings cease! My Comforter, my All in All, Here in the love of Christ I stand (Words: Stuart Townend)