'Compassionate or Holy Week'
Luke:20.1 Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him.
The priesthood and Jewish leaders tried to destroy our Lord Jesus by finding faults in Him and His teachings so that they could condemn Him to be a false teacher or false prophet.
Unfortunately for them, our Lord Jesus was sent to be the perfect sacrificial Lamb of God. As a Jew and for Him to stay sinless, He must keep the Mosiac law and the Prophets.
So they found His teachings fulfilling the law and His mercy shown fulfilled the Prophets. He even helped John the Baptist in his preaching and water baptism.
With all the evidence that He was sent by God, yet they plotted to condemn an innocent man, the Son of God their Messiah to death.
John:11.51, 53 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation... Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.
Faithless and Wicked Israelites
Faithless and Wicked Israelites
Our Lord was trying to get the Priesthood and Jewish leaders to obey the Mosiac law
Luke:20.9-10 Then He began to tell the people this parable: "A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time. Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed."
God gave the Israelites the Promise land and had blessed it abundantly. Yet they forgot His miraculous deliverance of the Israelites in Egypt and the conquest of Canaan land. Instead they fear the Romans more than the Almighty God.
Because of their stiff neck and rebellious, they we're not able to produce good fruit for the master. So they rejected and punished every prophet sent to get them to repent from their wickedness, unfaithfulness and abominations
Luke:20:11-12 "Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out."
Jesus Exposed His Death Plot
Our Lord knew that these fearful, covetous and stiff-necked priesthood and Jewish leaders were out to kill Him for they were fearful of His failure in revolting against the Romans. Out of His love for even His enemies, He was patiently exposing their plot hoping that some might repent and be saved.
Luke:20.13-15 "Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him'. But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.' So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?"
Our Lord exposed their plot, that they knew that He was the Heir or Messiah sent by God. Yet they would rather sacrifice Him than having to face the Romans. This faithlessness was not acceptable to the Almighty God whom they had reduced to be 'Myth' and all His mighty works as fables.
Luke:20.16 "He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others." And when they heard it they said, "Certainly not!"
The Lord told them that He would destroy these faithless servants (Judaism) so that salvation will be given to others. To this they were quick to object.
Luke:20.17 Then He looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone'?
Our Lord's final warning to the Israelites was that if they rejected their Messiah they would be lost forever, for God will make Him to be the Saviour of the world.