And he proceeded to send another slave; and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed.
Wow! What would you have done?
Have you ever been cheated out of an inheritance, something that belongs to you?
Have you ever been persecuted, betrayed, deceived, abused for what belongs to you?
Not only were you abused, persecuted, lied to and betrayed but you were denied and pushed aside, you were left EMPTY HANDED with nothing to bounce back on.
Let us take this to another level. Are you the daughter or son, who never got the attention you needed, never got the love that your other siblings received, never got the legacy or the socalled good life your brothers or sisters had? Have you ever just sat and wondered, ‘why me?’
I cannot help but to think on this scripture a little deeper. The Vineyard owner sent different slaves to the tenants but the tenants abused them physically and sent them away empty handed. Then the Vineyard owner came up with a grand plan, ‘Why not send my only beloved son, wonder what they would do?’
To my surprise, the tenants decided, ‘Hey, listen, we could take over this vineyard, we could be in total control, let us not abused the son but let us kill him.’
When i looked at this story, the only thing i could think of is Jesus Christ. The world is owned by God, you may look at the vineyard as the world. The people of God are in the world but not of the world, so God entrusted the world to us, to bear fruit and to multiple. We are the tenants. And just like the tenants, we have become so ungrateful and so greedy, we nolonger remember our purpose, why were we in the world.
Then the only true servants of God, who are chained to the will of God, Peter, Paul, John Matthew, Stephen etc you may consider them slaves of God. These were brutally beaten, abused as they deliver the gospel to the world and as they expected to receive a blessing from the world, even their own pushed them aside, cursed them and sent them away empty handed.
Are you empty handed?
Then with all this cruelty, God thought to himself, ‘Let me see what they will do to my beloved Son, Jesus Christ.’ As God wasn’t surprised so was the Vineyard owner. The world decided to kill Jesus so that he will nolonger be a threat to the kingdom of darkness, so that satan may rule the world, so that the world will have total control over the fruit of the land.
The stone that the builder refuse will become the CHIEF corner STONE.
Were you refused?
Were you rejected, neglected, abandoned?
Were you DENIED?
Were you left EMPTY HANDED?
Well Christ was not left empty handed just so he could carry all the sins of the world in his hands that was pierced, upon his feet that was pierced, upon his head that was bruised, upon his shoulders that was burdened, upon his side that was pierced. Jesus Christ knew he had to die to save you and me. He knew it was the will of God that noone will perish who believes upon the name of Jesus Christ.
For the world, the tenants, Jesus Christ did it for you too and its not too late to say, ‘Here am I Lord, forgive me, mold me, restore me use me for your Glory! ‘Let me be the slaves who were beaten for what they believe, beaten for the blessings or the fruit they thought they would have received.’
Do you want to transform your life?
When you believe you are empty handed and there is nothing left in you to hope on or to believe in. Know that Jesus Christ placed His Holy Spirit upon your hands that you may perform miraculous acts, ones not even you could fatom.
Walk in his Spirit daily that when you approach tenants, you will be bold and confident that your God have made you the CHIEF CORNER STONE THAT THE BUILDER REFUSED.
In your journal, write down all the persons who rejected you
For 5 consecutive days, pray fervently for God to release your heart from those who denied you.
Lord Jesus, as your will is done, so let it be on earth as in Heaven. I honor you Lord with everything in me. I hand over my hands to you Lord, so that i would never feel as though i am empty handed. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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