The authority of Jesus
Mark 12: 1 – 12 “Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed. 6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 11 the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes’?” 12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.”
On the back of the conversation regarding the authority of Jesus and the question which wasn’t answered, “John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Jesus tells a parable.
It couldn’t be more obvious other than naming the names. The chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders responded in the only way they knew. They wanted to get rid of Jesus. They had the opportunity to change but they didn’t. In fact they did exactly what the parable said they would do.
The apostle Peter used this parable in his speech in Acts 4 when he was accused with John of causing a near-riot for healing a man. He was clear on who represented who in the parable:
- the stone is Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
- the builders are the rulers of the people and elders.
- the rejection of the stone was the crucifixion of Jesus.
- the elevation of the stone to the capstone was the resurrection of Jesus.
- the implication of this new position at the head is that there is salvation in no other.
This parable takes us back to the main point of the argument that the religious leaders had with Jesus, the question of his authority. Jesus is clear, using Psalm 118, the rejected stone becomes the chief stone, the final authority. He would end his time on earth with such statements as “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
For Peter, there was no other name given by which we can be saved.
For Paul, this name is above every other name.
For the Psalmist, the elevated name is marvellous in their eyes.
For the priests, the name is to be rejected and removed.
TPT of Psalm 118: 22-24 “The very stone the masons rejected as flawed has turned out to be the most important capstone of the arch, holding up the very house of God. 23 The Lord himself is the one who has done this, and it’s so amazing, so marvellous to see! 24 This is the very day of the Lord that brings gladness and joy, filling our hearts with glee.”
Jesus is the most important. How can we not bow our knee every single day of our life?
Do not reject what God is doing in your life right now, instead let Him take the final authority, submit to Him.