Luke 20:17  “‘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.”

     Jesus confronted the Pharisees with a parable which describes how the tenants of a vineyard mistreated the owner’s servants and killed his son because these tenants wanted everything for themselves.  The wicked tenants wouldn’t recognise the authority of the owner’s son and they killed him instead.  (Luke 20:9-16)  Jesus asked them what would happen to the tenants, should the owner kill them?  The Pharisees admit their guilt by their sympathy for the tenants – “God forbid”; they said (v. 16)! 

     It’s all about authority.  It’s all about selfishness.  It’s all about the throne and not the king that should rightfully sit on it!  The Pharisees openly said it; “If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.”  (John 11:48)  They see the wickedness of the tenants yet cannot bear the application of justice because of their own guilt.  Is this not the way of our world?  How often we see wickedness be acknowledged and even admitted, yet many inwardly shudder at the coming justice because of their own guilt?

     Such guilt is a heavy burden.  Some become desperate under it’s weight. Your steps falter to the point that you finally trip over an obstacle long ignored and forgotten.  The slow grinding progress to hell is interrupted by falling on your face – broken.  Perhaps the obstacle is a confrontation with the truth of your actions;  perhaps it is the admonishment of Scripture long forgotten.  Perhaps it is the very dirt of your fall, the sting of which opens  your eyes to what and who you really are.  That’s what did it for me.  At that point we have a choice.  Get up and continue plodding on in sin towards damnation; the journey crushing us to dust. Or be broken, and in repentance receiving His mercy letting Him put us back together again.

     We always have a choice.  We can be like the Pharisees, acknowledge our guilt and prefer it over righteousness.  Or we can be like King David.  When the prophet Nathan confronted him using a parable (2 Samuel 12:1-13) David could see the application of justice in it.  Unlike the Pharisees when the finger of confrontation was pointed directly at him, David owned up to his guilt and repented; “I have sinned<sup class="crossreference" value="(X)”> against the Lord.” (v. 13)  David was broken in pieces.  He had to live the consequences but God made him right (2 Samuel 12:13,14)!

     Being crushed to nothing by the grinding weight of our own self-righteous obstinacy is a slow fire of damnation and oblivion that some actually chose for themselves.  Being broken, being shattered by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, to repent and be made whole by His love is a choice available to any who love His justice more than their own carcass.   Such people are overcomers.

     “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”  (Revelation 12: 11) 

     Praise the Lord!

    

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