Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
Sermon shared by Gary Regazzoli
Summary: This Parable shows how outrageous the grace of God is and no one is excluded without first being included
Series: Parables of Jesus
Denomination: Christian Church
Audience: Believer adults
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Parable 14 - Laborers in the Vineyard
When we were students in Los Angeles we used to go down to the beach with friends for a BBQ
at the time the big rage in drinks was wine-coolers
Being Australian and a little ignorant of brands in California, one day we bought a cheap bottle of wine from the Gallo vineyard to mix with our 7Up
Well that was a mistake. Although it is one of the biggest wine brands in the world, this particular ones claim to fame was based on price not quality
Fortunately or unfortunately, there was a street person hanging around looking lustfully at our half finished bottle
He didnt really care about the quality and gladly accepted it
In contrast to the Gallo brand, there is another major wine producer in California, Robert Mondavi
It is much better quality
Im about to read you a story where these two brands are mentioned
Before we do I need to make a couple of points
so far as we have gone through the Parables of Jesus, we have looked at his Parables of the Kingdom, the Parables of Grace and now we turn our attention to the Parables of Judgment
unfortunately, these Parables of Judgment which usually end up with someone being cast into outer darkness, have been misused as a club to motivate Christians to toe the line or else
For instance Sermons on the Parable of the separation of the Sheep from the Goats has made many misbehaving kids sit up in church and take notice
But we should not forget that the same Jesus who told these Parables of Judgment also told the Parables of grace
So before we launch into the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, we need to say a few worlds about Judgment
everyone loves John 3:16, but the rest of the passage deserves more attention than it gets
John 3:17 (NKJV) 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 12:47, For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it"
John 1:29 "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Contrary to what we may have been taught, God is not mad at the world, as v.16 says, For God so loved the world
God loves all his children and wants to save every last one of us.
Anyone who would give the life of his Son for us is serious about how much He loves us
The truth is Jesus doesnt need to judge us, the law has already done that, this is the same law Jesus said he came to uphold
The purpose of the law is to magnifies our sin Paul, Rom 7:7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet."
Sinners need a Savior so the law becomes our schoolmaster, takes us by the hand and leads us to the one we need for salvation
But scripture clearly tells us Jesus has lifted the curse of the law and given us a yoke that is easy and a burden that is light
However if we insist on standing on what the law demands rather than Christs righteousness, we remain under the judgment of the law and will be condemned
Gal 5:11 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 2Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that
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