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The Rock of Christmas           Luke 20:9-19

“The Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in.”   -Malachi 3:1

Immediately He teaches this parable that will do two things: It will answer their question about where His authority comes from; It will REVEAL that the leaders desired to kill him.

The parable of the Vineyard                                     V. 9-16

Isaiah 5:1-7

The servants were the PROPHETS of Old, all the way up to John the Baptist, a type of Elijah.

From Cain killing Abel, to Jeremiah’s constant mistreatment, to Zechariah’s murder in the Temple, the prophets of old, despite REPRESENTING God, had too often had themselves and their message despised by a stiff-necked people.

The Son is obviously Jesus Himself, and is called the BELOVED Son, making us think of God’s words at Jesus’ baptism in Luke 3:22, of John 3:16!

Jesus is the Rock of Our Salvation                            V. 17-19

Psalm 118:25-26         Psalm 118:22

He will be a sanctuary, but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel.                  -Isaiah 8:14

He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him, but as many as did  receive Him, to them He gave the right to become a child of God.                                                              -John 1:11-12

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 4:12

Ephesians 2:19-22                               I Peter 2:4-8