Thursday, December 1, 2011

Advent - December 1


Psalm 18

Amos 4:6-13

2 Peter 3:11-18

Matthew 21:33-46

The parable of the wicked tenants, while directed at the chief priests and Pharisees of Jesus’s time, holds truths for us today. Since Adam, humankind has been charged with stewardships over God’s creation and fulfilling the tasks assigned to us. Just as the wicked tenants were responsible for the good garden the landlord left in their care, we are charged with caring for the coming kingdom of Christ by tending the fields and vineyards he left for us.

We also must be cautious to when it comes to the slaves and heirs he sends our way. Just as those who were part of the synagogue “in” crowd in the days of Jesus desired to make it an exclusive club of people who equaled their social standing or definition of righteous, we can be equally exclusive by creating a worship environment that makes some feel welcome while others are not welcome in the least.

As we anticipate the arrival of Christ though the Advent season, let us also consider the arrival of the others, the slaves and heirs He sends our way in anticipation of his return.