Sermon Transcript – Broken or Crushed?

Series C – Lent 5 – Sunday, March 13, 2016 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:29the holy Gospel According to Saint Luke
0:31Chapter 20 verses 9 through 20.
0:36and Jesus began to tell the people this
0:38Parable a man planted a Vineyard LED it
0:41out to tenants and went into another
0:44country for a long while
0:45when the time came he sent a servant to
0:47the tenants so that they would give him
0:49some of the fruit of the vineyard but
0:51the tenants beat him
0:53send him away empty-handed
0:55and he sent another servant but they
0:57also beat and treated him shamefully and
0:58sent him away empty-handed
1:01and he sent yet a third and this one
1:03they also wounded and cast out then the
1:05owner of the vineyard said
1:07what shall I do I’ll send my son my
1:10beloved Son perhaps they will respect
1:12him but when the tenant saw him they
1:14said to themselves this is the air
1:18let us kill him so that the inheritance
1:20may be ours
1:22and they threw him out of the vineyard
1:23and killed him
1:25what then will the owner of the vineyard
1:26do to them
1:28he will come and destroy those tenants
1:29and give the vineyard to others and when
1:32they heard this they said surely not
1:35but he looked directly at them and said
1:37what then is this that is written the
1:40stone that the builders rejected has
1:41become the Cornerstone
1:43everyone who falls on that stone will be
1:45broken to pieces
1:47and when it falls on anyone it’ll crush
1:49him
1:52the scribes and the chief priests sought
1:54to lay hands on him at that very hour
1:56for they perceived that he had told this
1:58Parable against them
2:00but they feared the people so they
2:01watched him and sent spies who pretended
2:04to be sincere that they might catch him
2:07in something he said so as to deliver
2:09him up to the authority and jurisdiction
2:12of the governor
2:14in the name of Jesus
2:16in Exodus chapter 34 we read the account
2:19where Moses had asked to see the face of
2:22God God declined but came up with an
2:24alternative plan
2:26and in that alternative plan he chose to
2:29hide Moses in a cleft of a rock and put
2:31his hand over the cleft while his glory
2:34passed by
2:35and then at the right time he removed
2:38his hand so that Moses can see the
2:40backside of the glory of God
2:42and in that account we hear these words
2:45that as the Lord passed by before him it
2:48was proclaimed
2:50the Lord the Lord let me translate
2:53Yahweh Yahweh
2:56a god merciful and gracious
2:59slow to anger
3:01and abounding and steadfast love and
3:03faithfulness
3:05keeping steadfast love for thousands
3:07forgiving iniquity and transgression in
3:09sin
3:11but all who but who by no means will
3:15clear the guilty of visiting the
3:16iniquity of the fathers on the children
3:18and the children’s children to the third
3:19and fourth generation
3:22Yahweh
3:25God merciful gracious slow to anger and
3:29abounding and steadfast love
3:33it is Yahweh who is the one who planted
3:36the vineyard in our Parable in Our
3:37Gospel text today
3:39and I have never met a man like this
3:43not in this life
3:45let’s return now to Our Gospel text
3:48and walk through this and consider what
3:51is going on in this text
3:53Jesus began by telling the people this
3:56Parable a man planted a Vineyard let it
3:59out to tenants and went into another
4:01country for a long while
4:03every one of the people hearing Jesus
4:05that day knew exactly what Jesus was
4:07talking about the typology was
4:11patently clear
4:13The Vineyard is Israel
4:15they know it
4:16the scriptures in the Old Testament
4:18speak of Israel as the vineyard whom God
4:21himself has planted
4:23and so Jesus telling this very thinly
4:26veiled parable
4:27says when the time came he God sent a
4:32servant read into that he sent a prophet
4:34to the tenants so that they would give
4:36him some of the fruit of the vineyard
4:37but the prophets beat him sent him away
4:40empty-handed
4:42now normally a story like this would end
4:44right here I mean if this is the 21st
4:46century then right at this point it’s
4:47real simple We Now call the police we
4:50get the courts involved
4:52you know sorry you’re going to be
4:54evicted from the property you are in
4:56default of your agreement your tenant
4:58lease if you would and then it goes to
5:01court they lose they’re evicted end of
5:03story Justice is served
5:07but Yahweh is
5:09slow to anger
5:11merciful
5:14forgiving iniquity
5:17and so he does the unthinkable
5:30he sent a servant to the tenant so that
5:32they would give him some of the fruit of
5:33the vineyard tenants beat him send him
5:35away empty-handed verse 11 and he sent
5:37another servant another one
5:40but they also beat and treated him
5:43shamefully and sent him away
5:45empty-handed
5:48imagine how the story would have been
5:49different
5:51what is this
5:54man who planted this Vineyard seeking
5:56from these tenants
5:59what is he seeking
6:03reconciliation
6:04he’s seeking their repentance
6:07he’s seeking to show them Mercy
6:11because of the wrong that they had done
6:15but these are wicked tenants
6:17and we learn at the end of the parable
6:19the people we’re dealing with here that
6:21Jesus is telling the parable against
6:24are the chief priests
6:27the religious leaders of Israel
6:31why on Earth would anybody who was a
6:33religious leader in Israel claiming to
6:35worship the one true God
6:39why on Earth would such a person
6:42be so wicked as this
6:46and the answer is simple and it’s one
6:48that we must come to grips with
6:52the Harvest is plentiful the workers are
6:54few
6:55and the devil has sown tears and sent in
6:57his workers into the Harvest field as
6:59well
7:00they are not harvesting
7:02they are destroying the crop
7:06for them it’s all about them and they’re
7:08doing it all in the name of God and
7:10their religion their religion is the
7:12religion of self-righteousness
7:15and the religion of self-righteousness
7:17will never tolerate
7:20the religion of Grace
7:22it will never ever
7:26permit people to be forgiven
7:31we read stanza 4 of our sermon hymn why
7:35what hath my Lord done what makes this
7:37rage and spite he made the lane to run
7:40he gave the blind their sight
7:43sweet injuries yet they at these
7:46themselves displeased and against him
7:48rise
7:51so there’s Jesus
7:53in Israel God and human flesh the god
7:56Israel claims to worship and you know
7:58what he’s doing
8:01he’s cleansing the lepers
8:04he’s forgiving the prostitutes
8:07he’s absolving the tax collectors
8:10he’s giving sight to the blind
8:14and for this he must die
8:19this cannot be permitted to go on
8:27the religion of Works will not tolerate
8:29Grace
8:33so this merciful kind
8:36ER abounding and steadfast love God sent
8:41yet another set a third servant this one
8:44they wounded and they cast him out
8:48then the owner of the vineyard said what
8:50shall I do
8:51notice
8:53destroying them is not even on his mind
8:56at this point yet each and every one of
8:58us knows that what they all deserve is
9:01for them to be slaughtered mercilessly
9:04this is what they’ve earned for
9:06themselves and this Vineyard owner
9:09who is this guy
9:11who thinks like this
9:14most of us myself included you dare
9:16cross me don’t worry I’m going to let
9:18you have it right
9:20this guy
9:22is snubbed over and over and over again
9:27rebuffed
9:31and the only thing he can think about
9:35is continuing to show them Mercy
9:38so he sent yet the third the owner of
9:40the vineyard then said what shall I do
9:41I’ll send my beloved Son are you out of
9:44your mind
9:47perhaps they will respect him
9:50but
9:51when the tenants saw him
9:53they said to themselves haha this is the
9:55air let us kill him so that the
9:57inheritance may be
9:59hours
10:01as if the kingdom of God can be
10:03possessed by human beings in such a way
10:06so they threw him out of the vineyard
10:07and killed him
10:09and then Jesus asks the question and
10:12watch their response it’s quite
10:14interesting
10:15what then will the owner of the vineyard
10:17do to them he will come and destroy
10:19those tenants and give the vineyard to
10:20others
10:21the listeners should have said that’s
10:23darn tootin right that’s what should
10:26happen but watch the response when they
10:28heard this they said surely not no way
10:33and why is it
10:34because they knew exactly what Jesus was
10:36saying
10:39the typology was thin
10:42they got it Jesus wasn’t talking about a
10:45Vineyard he was talking about Israel
10:47and the talk of giving Israel to others
10:52was unthinkable
10:56surely not but he looked directly at
10:58them and he said what then is this that
11:01is written and then quoting Psalm 118
11:04Jesus says the zone that the builders
11:06rejected
11:08has become the Cornerstone
11:14what an interesting statement
11:16now I’m going to go outside of the Bible
11:18here
11:19for a minute you can take this or leave
11:22this there is an old rabbinic Parable
11:24and that’s all it is it’s rabbinic
11:26Parable we’re not sure if there’s any
11:28history behind it and actually tracking
11:30down the origin of this thing is really
11:32tough
11:34all right here’s how the rabbinic
11:36parable goes it’s a story told by the
11:38rabbis and it actually has different
11:40variations of it which is kind of
11:41fascinating but the way the story
11:43generally goes is that when Solomon’s
11:45Temple was being built the idea was this
11:48because it is a holy spot
11:51no Hammer blows can be heard
11:54on the Temple mount
11:56so
11:58the stones had to be quarried 20 miles
12:00away and then drug to Jerusalem imagine
12:03what a difficult task this would be
12:04before the days of pickup trucks and
12:05things like that right
12:07so
12:09the first stone to show up was this
12:11large cumbersome Stone
12:13and the builders didn’t know what to do
12:15with it
12:16I had no clue what to do with this Stone
12:18and then the other Stones began arriving
12:20and they knew exactly what to do with
12:22them and so the the stone that came
12:24first they thought it was some kind of a
12:26reject
12:27and this is where it gets a little fuzzy
12:29and dark because again this is a
12:30rabbinic parable not sure if this is
12:32even history or not
12:34but it’s very old
12:37some say that they put it off to the
12:40side and the grass grew over it and
12:41other accounts say they actually threw
12:43it into the dump the city dump in
12:45Jerusalem Gahanna
12:47and there it’s disappeared right and so
12:49as they got to the end of completing the
12:52Temple of Solomon
12:54the builders send word to the stone
12:57masons 20 miles away we’re now ready for
12:59the Cornerstone
13:04that was the first stone we sent
13:09the stone the builders rejected
13:12has become the Cornerstone
13:15maybe there’s some truth behind behind
13:17it it’s an interesting story not sure
13:20but just think about it
13:22for sure though the Lord is quoting from
13:25Psalm 118 here
13:27and then we all know this Jesus is that
13:30stone he is the stone that has become
13:33the Cornerstone this is all about Jesus
13:35and he says this everyone who falls on
13:37that stone will be broken to Pieces
13:39which by the way is a good thing to
13:42happen
13:43the worst thing that can happen to you
13:45is is that stone fall on you
13:47and Crush you
13:50the one who falls on that stone and is
13:52broken to Pieces is the one who has
13:54penitent faith in Christ for the
13:56Forgiveness of their sins
13:58the one on whom that Stone Falls and
14:00crushes is the one who persists in sin
14:04and unbelief and self-righteousness
14:08and insists on saving themselves by
14:11their own works and will have nothing to
14:13do with this Mercy stuff that Jesus is
14:16about
14:18in that case
14:21the stone the builders rejected that has
14:23become the Cornerstone will fall on you
14:26and utterly destroy you
14:31and then we learn this here’s kind of
14:33the subtext to all of this in our text
14:35the scribes and the chief priests after
14:38hearing this I wish it said this
14:40I wish it said this the scribes and the
14:43chief priests after hearing this said
14:45you are so right
14:48how can we have been so wicked
14:51how can we in the name of God have been
14:54so evil
14:56we repent forgive us Lord
14:59I wish it said that
15:02but see the religion of Works blind in
15:04its rage and its hatred of Grace
15:07says this
15:09sought the chief priest sought to lay
15:12hands on him
15:13at that very hour for they perceived
15:16that he had told this Parable against
15:18them
15:20how dare you cross us Jesus We’re the
15:23Chief priests
15:25yeah that makes about as much sense as
15:28I don’t know Taco Thursday on Monday
15:32right because the god they claim to
15:35worship is standing right in front of
15:36them
15:38sought to lay hands on him
15:41they perceived they had told the parable
15:42against them and it’s true but here’s
15:45again here’s the kind of the interesting
15:46thing the religion of Works always works
15:48through Power and coercion and they have
15:51to have
15:52the adulation and popularity of the
15:55people in order to survive so they
15:58couldn’t lay hands on Jesus because whoa
16:01poles would go down their popularity
16:03ratings would fall their approval
16:05numbers would plummet
16:07so they said we better not kill them now
16:10because they feared the people
16:12right
16:14so they watched
16:16they watched Jesus and they sent spies
16:21they sent spies who pretended to be
16:24sincere so that they might catch Jesus
16:27in something that he said
16:31when on Earth did Jesus ever do anything
16:35conspiratorial
16:37when was he never out in the open
16:40preaching and teaching in the synagogues
16:43and out in the fields
16:45everything he said is wide open he
16:48nothing he says is subversive nothing he
16:50says contradicts scripture but there
16:52we’re going to
16:53and you know what the spies are going to
16:55do they’re going to behave like they’re
16:56listening to Jesus amen Jesus way to go
16:59Jesus yes oh Jesus you’re the best oh we
17:03gotta go we got him on that one he
17:06actually touched a leper
17:10and keep in mind all of this behavior is
17:12going on in what in the name of God in
17:15the name of religion at the behest of
17:17the chief priests
17:20what kind of religion is this
17:28what kind of religion is this
17:31answer
17:33this is the religion that we all
17:35understand quite well
17:38it’s our default religion
17:45we understand the law that the gospel is
17:47something that has to be preached to us
17:51so think of it this way the stone the
17:54builders has have rejected has become
17:57the Cornerstone
18:01so they pretended to be sincere that
18:03they might catch him in something he
18:04said so as to deliver them why in order
18:06to deliver him up to the authority and
18:08the jurisdiction of the governor and you
18:10can read in the subsects there in order
18:12to kill him
18:15and so the stone the builders rejected
18:17has become the Cornerstone this is
18:19Christ and then if you were to think of
18:21it this way
18:22the cross then becomes the Pinnacle
18:25center point of all of human history
18:30and you were either on one side of the
18:32cross
18:33or you are on the other
18:35when Jesus was crucified it was
18:37crucified crucified between two thieves
18:39one hurled insults at him if you’re the
18:43Christ save yourself
18:46the other said what has he done
18:49what has he done we’re getting what we
18:52deserve
18:53he cries out to the Lord Lord have mercy
18:55remember me when you come into your
18:57kingdom
19:00and so
19:03this Stone will either fall on you and
19:05break you or I’m sorry you will either
19:07fall on it and be broken to pieces or
19:09it’s going to fall on you and Crush you
19:12and so the cross then the murderous ones
19:15they want Jesus dead
19:18and so he dies
19:22and we’re all culpable in that by the
19:24way every one of us
19:27but to those who believe in Christ for
19:31the Forgiveness of their sins the
19:33merciful god who slow to anger and
19:36abounding and steadfast love and
19:37forgiving and parting and iniquity
19:40mine and yours
19:41that death
19:43becomes our salvation
19:47but for those who persist in Saving
19:50themselves and despising the mercy and
19:52grace of God
19:55Christ’s cross
19:56and his blood is on their hands and they
19:59will be found guilty
20:01of murder
20:06that’s
20:07what this all comes down to
20:11are you penitent
20:13and forgiven
20:14are you self-righteous and seeking to
20:17murder Christ and silence his grace
20:23something to think about
20:25in the name of Jesus
20:27amen
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