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Friday, May 19, 2017

Crushing Religion

May 19

(Matthew 21:33-46 NIV) ""Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey. {34} When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. {35} "The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. {36} Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. {37} Last of all, he sent his son to them. 'They will respect my son,' he said. {38} "But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him and take his inheritance.' {39} So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. {40} "Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" {41} "He will bring those wretches to a wretched end," they replied, "and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time." {42} Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: "'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? {43} "Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. {44} He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed." {45} When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus' parables, they knew he was talking about them. {46} They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.""

We must crash before we can fly. We must fall before we can be lifted up. We must be wounded before we can be healed. We must be broken before we can be mended. Have you been broken? Jesus taught that it is better to be broken than to be crushed. If we live in lifelong denial of our brokenness, our soul will eventually be crushed under the weight of God’s holy righteousness. We either fall broken upon His Cornerstone, or we are crushed when the Holy Cornerstone comes down on us. It’s our decision. We either confess our brokenness, which can lead to a life giving relationship with Christ for now and eternity… or we continue in our self-centered, self-determined life of denial which ends in us being crushed and ground to dust on that final day. Choose while you still can, because when the end comes, your choice will be set in stone. Choose Christ today! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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