The Chief Cornerstone
10 Jan 2015 Service – Tan Ye Peng
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’?
45 Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, Lk 19:45
37 And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. Lk 21:37
The temple seems to be the central focus that which Luke was writing.
The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers
9 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. 10 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. 11 Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.
13 “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.’ 14 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.’ 15 So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.”
And when they heard it they said, “Certainly not!”
The vineyard is referring to the temple.
The purpose of the temple – a place where God meets with men, where heaven meets earth. For people to connect with God, to have their sins forgiven, to get blessings from God, etc
Who are the vinedressers?
Lk 20:1, 19
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. 19 And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people —for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.
The guardians of the temple, the custodians or stewards of the temple.
Levites. Priests by heritage/birth.
Scribes – Experts of the law. Knowledgeable and interpret the bible
Elders – elders of the 12 tribes
Lk 20:17 – The stone which the builders rejected…
The builders are the ones building the temple. Experts, they have the heritage. No lack of confidence and experience.
But yet how could they make a mistake of the cornerstone? They rejected the most important stone.
Have we become so experienced and savvy and knowledgeable, but yet the most important thing in life, we reject and throw it away. We sometimes trust in many things, just not Jesus Christ.
2. The Stone
Why is this stone called the key stone? It is the stone that keeps the form and structure in place.
Jesus Christ is that key stone that keeps everything in control.
Even the stones know I am the most important…
40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” Lk 19:40
How could they see that this is not the keystone? Because they felt that Jesus was not worthy
To the priests, Jesus was not a Levite.
To the scribes, Jesus was not trained in their schools
To the elders, Jesus was not an elder in their tribes.
Who does he think he is?
In church, sometimes we come to church with an ‘atheist’ mindset, that Jesus is just there but you don’t really trust him.
3. That which is rejected… has become
The world that the one rejects, God has taken and made him Lord.
The gospel at a glance:
Lk 20:1-8 – Jesus Baptism
Lk 20:9-19 – Jesus the Son rejected
Lk 20:20-26 – Jesus rendered to God as an offering
Lk 20:27-40 – Jesus resurrection
Lk 20:41-44 – Jesus ascension
Bring your focus back to the gospel. This is what is most important, the most important stone for 2015.
The people were attentive to hear the gospel
48 and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear Him. Lk 19:48
10 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. 11 Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. Lk 20:10-11 .. sent him away empty-handed
They have nothing to give, no fruits.
What are the fruits of the vineyard?
46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’” Lk 19:46 .. you have turned it into a den of thieves.. place of transactions
Let our prayer not become a transaction, something like “A willing buyer a willing seller”. eg God, if you do this for me, I do this for you.
Prayer shouldn’t be wilful, it shouldn’t be passive.
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Sometimes when we come before God, we are like the model student. We do our preparation and homework etc. Lord I fast, I give tithes, and because I have done every of these things, you must bless me….
Come with humility in your heart like the other guy.
The fruit that God wants to see, is the fruit of humility, of adoration. Not treating God like a vending machine.
19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Eph 2:19-22
21 submitting to one another in the fear of God. Eph 5:21.. who is Paul talking about?
From Eph 5:22 to 6:9, there are 3 pairs of relationships:
A. Husband and wife
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
B. Parents and Children
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
C. Master and Servant
5 Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6 not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
9 And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
He redefines our mindset in these 3 relationships … ‘as unto the Lord’.
So how do you love our wife? See how Christ loved you. You give your life to her, the way Christ has given his life for you.
You have to pay close attention to how Jesus loved, how He forgave, how He embraced the rejects etc..
Everything that we do and the way we think is now in relation to Him.
At work – no partiality. This means you and your boss are the same. There is no differentiation.
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; Eph 4:13
10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12