Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Killing the Owner's Son"

“Jesus of Nazareth is the greatest storyteller who ever lived-the prince of parables. None of his stories is longer than a page, and yet every last one of them is a perfect masterpiece. With every story he told, our Savior took one step closer to the cross. It was the last week of his life on earth, and Jesus told a gospel parable about the cross and the judgment to come.” Phil Ryken

“This is the only major parable outside of chapter 4 in the Gospel of Mark. The unique placement of the parable should alert us to its significance.” James Edwards

“It is a judgment parable. Jesus parable serves to expose the planned attempt against his own life, and God’s judgment against the planners.” William Lane

“The purpose of the parables is here reversed. Whearas prior to this story they concealed truth from those with hard hearts (4:11-12), this one reveals the truth and so provokes the climax of the story. The messianic secret is being unveiled and with it, a rising tide of opposition.” Mark Strauss

“It is staggering that God should love sinners; yet it is true. God loves creatures who have become unlovely and unlovable. There was nothing whatever in the objects of his to love to call it forth; nothing in us could attract or prompt it. Love among persons is awakened by something in the beloved, but the love of God is free, spontaneous, unevoked, uncaused. God loves people because he has chosen to love them and no reason for his love can be given except his own sovereign good pleasure.” J.I. Packer

“What farmer in his right mind would surrender his son to such tenants? It is a question worth asking, for it suggests the indefatigable love of God.” James Edwards