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Contaminating The Wine

John Collins12/14/2012In Mark 12, Jesus teaches us in parable how we are to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others, not keeping it to ourselves as though it is a hidden mystery or a priceless gem hidden in a locker.

Speaking in Parable, Jesus tells the story of the tenants.  The master planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the winepress, built living quarters, and leased the plantation to tenants while he left for another country.  The master expected his winery to produce.

When the season came to reap the benefits of his plantation, he sent his servant to the tenants to get some of the fruit.  But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.

Again, he sent another servant, and they struck him on the head.  They treated him so shamefully that he left without the fruit.

Others were sent by the master, one after another, all experiencing the same fate.  The master had one left who had not been sent, his son.  

The master sent his son to them, saying to himself, "They will respect my son."  But the tenants did not.  They planned against the son, saying "This is the heir, let's kill him!"

Jesus asked the people, "What will the owner of the vineyard do?"  He said that the owner would certainly come and destroy those tenants, giving the vineyard to others.  

Jesus was speaking of Himself.  In the Old Testament, God sent man after man to the Children of Israel, trying to lead them in a way that would produce His fruit: a people that would Worship Him.  Yet, each time they fell into idolatry.  

Finally, God sent His Only Son to the people.  He was also despised and rejected, and turned away from the Master's vineyard.  Just as the tenants in the parable plotted against the master's son, the Scribes and the Pharisees plotted against the Savior.

History repeats itself time and again.  In the day and age we live in, those sent by God may not be crucified physically, they are despised and rejected by many.  The fruits of the Spirit are not being produced, because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is tucked away in a corner for the "chosen few."  While God wants the Gospel of Jesus Christ to spread far and wide, many today spread some other gospel.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we worthy tenants?  Have we produced the fruits of the Spirit that God is looking for?  Do we tell others that Christ's blood is sufficient for all, or do we contaminate that blood by telling others they must also know a prophet to earn salvation?  Have we contaminated the Master's Wine by contaminating the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the doctrines of men?