ImmerseMessiah NLT - Flipbook - Page 61
“But when the tenant farmers saw his son, they said to each other, ‘Here
comes the heir to this estate. Let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’
So they dragged him out of the vineyard and murdered him.
“What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do to them?”
Jesus asked. “I’ll tell you—he will come and kill those farmers and lease
the vineyard to others.”
“How terrible that such a thing should ever happen,” his listeners
Jesus looked at them and said, “Then what does this Scripture mean?
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’
Everyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will
crush anyone it falls on.”
The teachers of religious law and the leading priests wanted to arrest
Jesus immediately because they realized he was telling the story against
them—they were the wicked farmers. But they were afraid of the people’s
Watching for their opportunity, the leaders sent spies pretending to be
honest men. They tried to get Jesus to say something that could be reported to the Roman governor so he would arrest Jesus. “Teacher,” they
said, “we know that you speak and teach what is right and are not influenced by what others think. You teach the way of God truthfully. Now tell
us—is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
He saw through their trickery and said, “Show me a Roman coin. Whose
picture and title are stamped on it?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
“Well then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to
God what belongs to God.”
So they failed to trap him by what he said in front of the people. Instead,
they were amazed by his answer, and they became silent.
Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who
say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question:
“Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife but no
children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will
carry on the brother’s name. Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The
oldest one married and then died without children. So the second brother
married the widow, but he also died. Then the third brother married her.
This continued with all seven of them, who died without children. Finally,