Mark 12:1-12

 Jesus spends a great deal of time in the temple courts during the days leading up to the cross.  It is interesting to me that He chooses to speak in parables to the chief priests, teachers of the law, and the elders. 

He had always said, “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear,” when concluding His parables (Mark 4:9).  So often His words to Israel’s leadership fell on deaf ears, but this day those in power knew that He was referring to them (Mark 12:12). 

However, they don’t seem to have understood His point, and so they proactively seek out a way to arrest Him (Mark 12:12). 

Their actions on this day and subsequent days will only reinforce this parable.

What they don’t realize – much like the tenants in the story – is that the owner has not abandoned His vineyard.

And though they think they will gain the inheritance, He remains in control (Mark 12:7,9).

It is fascinating to me that, during this week, Jesus had so many face-to-face interactions with various people who would have a hand in His death. 

I cannot imagine the kind of simultaneous courage and humility it requires to face your accusers day after day and know that they think they’re winning.

But Jesus knew that their perceived victory was only because He would willingly lay down His life – for them.  No one took it from Him (John 10:17-19). 

The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. (Mark 12:10)

Yes, He did.

And, yes, it is.