What Jesus Did! 'The Owner's Story' — Luke 20:9-13

Friday, November 15, 2019

Then Jesus told the people this story: "A man planted a vineyard. The man leased the land to some farmers. Then he went away for a long time. Later, it was time for the grapes to be picked. So the man sent a servant to those farmers so that they would give him his share of the grapes. But the farmers beat the servant and sent him away with nothing. So the man sent another servant. The farmers beat this servant too. They showed no respect for him. The farmers sent the servant away with nothing. So the man sent a third servant to the farmers. The farmers hurt this servant badly and threw him out. The owner of the vineyard said, 'What will I do now? I will send my son. I love my son very much. Maybe the farmers will respect my son!'"
— Luke 20:9-13 NLT
Illustration of Luke 20:9-13 NLT — "A man planted a vineyard."

Key Thought

This parable is very autobiographical for Jesus. He is clearly referring to what God has done. Religious leaders had taken over the running of God's people. However, they wanted to run it 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 is more than just an owner's representative; he would send his cherished son! Jesus is that cherished Son! What unfolds in the events that follow happened to God's beloved Son! It doesn't just matter historically; it also matters significantly in the life and heart of God. In other words, God loves enough to send his cherished Son to save us!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for your indescribable gift. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 3:16-17
  • Romans 5:6-11
  • 1 John 4:9-10


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.