By: Tim Sader
Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.
Last week we learned that Jesus referred to Himself as the bread of life because He gave us life and our spirits must feed off Him to live. We must seek the Lord daily so our soul can be filled with Him or our spirit starts to go hungry and begins to die. After feeding 5,000 many still did not believe in who Christ claimed to be so he used the miracle to show that He is the one who supplies our needs and gives us life. When we seek Christ to be our bread there is always enough and it is fresh every morning so we can collect Him new every day since He is the manna God sent to us from heaven. Unlike manna Christ is the bread of eternal life when our spirit feeds on Him we will not die and He is available to all who need to feed. He gave His flesh by having it broke into pieces so the whole world can be filled up with Him so they can live. One way we enter into the suffering of Christ is through communion which we do to remember what He did if we will not eat or drink His life is not in us. It is through remembering Christ, following His example and doing what He says that our spirit needs to be filled with His flesh. Christ is our bread of life if we will remember Him and see Him as our source we will not be hungry and our souls will be satisfied.
If he is the bread of our life we are being good faithful tenants occupying the land until He returns for the work we produce. Matthew 21:33-35 says, “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.” God the land owner gave us the earth as our garden to cultivate He chose a people out of all the earth to put a wall around and watch over. These people are the ones who the vineyard was rented to so they could be His representatives while He was away preparing to send His Son. Many times harvest time came and the Lord sent servants to them to see if he could collect the fruit of their labor by sending them prophets, kings and priests but they rejected the servants so they could do their own thing. Matthew 21:36-40 says, “Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” The Lord gave these people chance after chance to produce fruit and to follow after Him. He kept sending servants to turn them back to Him but they would not follow their advice but rejected them the same. After sending these servants He finally sent His son to the tenants to see what had happened to the servants so he could straiten everything out. They could see this was the masters son because He was taking care of business but they even plotted to and killed Him because they didn’t accept Him. They thought by killing him they could steal His inheritance when all they have to do is serve Him and show good fruit and He’d share it with them to.
Matthew 21:41-42 says, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Those who were evil and rejected the master’s son they will be brought to a terrible end the Lord will not let them reject the son and let them have the inheritance. Instead because of the slaughter of His son the master will find new tenants who will produce good fruit and faithfully share it with the Lord when the harvest is ready. The stone that was rejected was Christ and because they rejected Him He would be made the cornerstone and the tenants will build on Him. Today’s verse Matthew 21:43-44 says, “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” The Kingdom of God does not belong to those who will not serve the master it will be taken from them and given to them who will produce fruit and are not evil. Christ is the stone we fall on when we are broke to pieces or else we did not choose Him and the stone we rejected is the one that will crush us. In Galatians 5:22-23 it says the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. If we will make an effort to serve the landowner diligently by accepting His son into our lives and by producing fruit we will share in the inheritance to. The fruit we produce is the fruit of the Spirit and most importantly we should be producing love because in it we conquer all and we fulfill the command of God.
I will be working on transitioning this study into both the written format on Tuesday and adding a weekly or bi-weekly group discussion at my church if you’d be interested in attending let me know. The church I attend is MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC you can view School of the Spirit meetings by going to www.morningstartv.com and register for free then watch Friday for School of the Spirit at 7pm EST and Sunday at 9 and 11am EST by clicking the watch live tab at the top of the web screen. Let the words spoken and the message spread into your area share it with friends, loved ones and local believers to spread revival across the nation and around the world. Also for those who don’t already forward the torch to others feel free to forward it to everyone on your buddy list, lets reach more people than ever before with its message. Share it with your churches if you feel lead to. Thanks I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives. All of what Christ did he did so we would believe in who he said he was. He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did according to the will of his father who showed him what to do.
I pray that this message will sink into your hearts and minds this week and if anyone is not a believer my prayer is they will meet the Lord. If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you do that.
Look out for next Tuesdays Torch found on www.myspace.com/trippy91 or sent from email@example.com this study is written by Tim Sader inspired by The Holy Spirit.
Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27