THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
BUILT ON THE CORNERSTONE
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).
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
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).
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.”
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.