Now Jesus turned to the people again and told them this story: "A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and moved to another country to live for several years. At the time of the grape harvest, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop. But the farmers attacked the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed. So the owner sent another servant, but they also insulted him, beat him up, and sent him away empty-handed. A third man was sent, and they wounded him and chased him away.
"'What will I do?' the owner asked himself. 'I know! I'll send my cherished son. Surely they will respect him.'"
— Luke 20:9-13 NLT
This parable is very autobiographical for Jesus. He was clearly referring to what God had done through the prophets and then by sending him. Religious leaders had taken over the running of God's people. However, they wanted to run things their own way and resisted God's desires and true representatives to the point of abusing and killing them. So God would send someone who was more than just an owner's representative; he would send his cherished son! Jesus is that cherished Son! The horrible events that unfold in the next few verses of Jesus' parable  also happened to God's beloved Son! Those events that happened to Jesus don't matter just historically or religiously; they also matter significantly in the life and heart of God. In other words, God loved enough to send his cherished Son to save us!
Father, thank you for your indescribable gift. In Jesus' name. Amen.