Bible: Luke 20:1-18

The Authority of Jesus

20:1 Now one 1  day, as Jesus 2  was teaching the people in the temple courts 3  and proclaiming 4  the gospel, the chief priests and the experts in the law 5  with the elders came up 6  20:2 and said to him, 7 Tell us: By what authority 8  are you doing these things? 9  Or who it is who gave you this authority? 20:3 He answered them, 10 I will also ask you a question, and you tell me: 20:4 John’s baptism 11 was it from heaven or from people? 12  20:5 So 13  they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 20:6 But if we say, ‘From people,’ all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 20:7 So 14  they replied that they did not know 15  where it came from. 20:8 Then 16  Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you 17  by whose authority 18  I do these things.”

The Parable of the Tenants

20:9 Then 19  he began to tell the people this parable: “A man 20  planted a vineyard, 21  leased it to tenant farmers, 22  and went on a journey for a long time. 20:10 When harvest time came, he sent a slave 23  to the tenants so that they would give 24  him his portion of the crop. 25  However, the tenants beat his slave 26  and sent him away empty-handed. 20:11 So 27  he sent another slave. They beat this one too, treated him outrageously, and sent him away empty-handed. 28  20:12 So 29  he sent still a third. They even wounded this one, and threw him out. 20:13 Then 30  the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my one dear son; 31  perhaps they will respect him.’ 20:14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir; let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours!’ 20:15 So 32  they threw him out of the vineyard and killed 33  him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 20:16 He will come and destroy 34  those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” 35  When the people 36  heard this, they said, “May this never happen! 37  20:17 But Jesus 38  looked straight at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone? 39  20:18 Everyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, 40  and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” 41 

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