Luke 20, 11-13
Something to read
He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out. “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’
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Something to think about
The last resort for the owner of the vineyard was to send his son to the tenants; surely they would not reject him as they had the other ambassadors? But, of course, Jesus and his God-given authority are rejected by many, including the religious leaders of Israel.
What generosity and what risk God took in sending His beloved son into the world. During Advent especially, we have an opportunity to consider that generosity and risk as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world.
But we also have the same opportunity as the tenants in the vineyard, to embrace or reject Him. Without doubt, Jesus’ coming presents a challenge to our lives, there’s a calling to account: what fruit have we grown?
But Jesus' and His Father’s intentions are good and right; and their means are gentle and compassionate rather than harsh and judgemental. How will you respond to the arrival of Jesus?
Something to do
Use your Advent Calendar as an aid to being open to Jesus. As you open the flap or break into the chocolate, use it as an opportunity to thank God for the coming of Jesus into the world and an invitation to embrace Jesus afresh each day.
Something to pray
I stand in awe of you, Lord, for sending Jesus into the world, into my life. May I ever bend my knees in wonder at this amazing gift who has come that I may know forgiveness, healing and restoration. May I submit to your authority and hunger to see your will done on earth as it is in heaven.
Andy Poultney is the Barking Area Youth Advisor.