Rejected, but Not Defeated

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 12:1-12

Have you not read this Scripture: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” (vv. 10-11)

One of the worst feelings that we human beings can have is rejection. We’ve all experienced it. Maybe you were turned down for a job; maybe your grades weren’t high enough and you were rejected by a college or graduate school; maybe you were always the last one picked for a team.

When you think of it, though, the above “rejections” are nothing compared to what Jesus experienced. Isaiah foretold what this story of Jesus depicted regarding the son of the owner of the vineyard: “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3).

But even more than rejection, this parable describes human disobedience and anarchy. It is the story of Israel, and indeed the whole human race, not heeding God’s good plans and selfishly following their own ways. Basically, it is a continuation of what happened in the Garden of Eden: people thinking they know better than God and following the selfish desires of their own hearts. To them, the owner of the vineyard (God) was far away, and thus they thought that there would be no repercussions.

But there are repercussions, of course. If we reject Christ, in the end, the privilege and blessings of belonging to him will be taken away and offered to others. —John Koedyker

As you pray, offer the Lord your heart, as John Calvin put it, “promptly and sincerely.”