Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021
The book called Luke in the Bible, was written by a Gentile believer named Luke, who was a close associate of the Apostle Paul. He set out to carefully investigate the truth concerning Jesus Christ, using the eyewitness accounts of those who were with and knew Jesus and His ministry. His intent in writing this Gospel was so that his readers would know the truth regarding Jesus and what they have been taught concerning Him. It is our hope in studying this Gospel, that we too would better understand the truth concerning Jesus, so that we may better know Him and make Him known to others.
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone. (Psalm 118:22)
Jesus refers to this verse concerning Himself, after He told a parable regarding the rejecting of God's prophets, and finally His beloved Son, by the Jewish religious leaders. The Jewish religious leaders who were entrusted with the spiritual blessings and promises of God did not lead the people to bear good fruit in accordance with God's righteous commandments. God had sent prophets to call the Israelites back to Himself over and over again, but they would not listen. Sadly, they would not even listen to His beloved Son, Jesus. Instead, they crucified Him on a cross outside of the city walls of Jerusalem. Yet, Jesus is indeed the chief corner stone which the whole of God's salvation plan rests upon. He is the fulfillment of prophecies concerning God's promise of deliverance for the people of Israel, as well as for all people of the world.
For this Sunday's worship service, we look together at Luke 20:9-19, and consider how Jesus, who was rejected by His own people, is indeed the chief corner stone which we should build our lives upon.