In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Jesus’ parable tells the history of salvation. Creation needed a Savior from sin and death, a Savior whom the Father promised to send. Then the fullness of time came, the Savior was born of a Virgin, shown to be God and Man, the One promised since the Fall into sin. He began His public ministry of calling sinners to repentance, to tell God’s chosen people that the Long-expected had come. But His own received Him not. They rejected the messengers who prepared the way, and by that they rejected the One who was coming. They didn’t think it was important. So they went back to their farms, to their businesses, to whatever else seemed more important than the gracious invitation to eternal life. But some didn’t simply reject the invitation. They couldn’t stand that One had come who would give His gifts to those who seemed unworthy, who hadn’t made themselves good enough, so they killed the messengers and killed the Son Himself. The King, God the Father, in His righteous anger allows for their destruction. The Temple in which they hoped and trusted, their promised city were all destroyed. So God extends His gracious invitation. Those invited first refused, but He is not content to have His banquet hall empty. He gathers the Gentiles into the great Wedding Feast. The Gospel reaches out and gathers a people for God.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).