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If you will open your Bible to the gospel of Luke and the twentieth chapter, we're going to return to the passion week, the week of our Lord Jesus Christ's crucifixion, and look at the next in the series of texts that Luke gives to us to record both the earthly and the spiritual history of this great week. Luke chapter 20 and I want to begin reading in verse 9 which will embrace the parable that we last studied because it's an essential one to what follows what we'll look at this morning.

Luke chapter 20 and verse 9: "And He began to tell the people this parable. A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey for a long time. And at the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers in order that they might give him some of the produce of the vineyard. But the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty handed. And so he proceeded to send another slave and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty handed. And he proceeded to send a third and this one also they wounded and cast out. And the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son, perhaps they will respect him.' But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another saying, 'This is the heir. Let us kill him that the inheritance may be ours.' And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What therefore will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, 'May it never be.' But he looked at them and said, 'What then is this that is written? The stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief cornerstone. Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.' And the scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on him that very hour, but they feared the people for they understood that He spoke this parable against them. And they watched Him and sent spies who pretended to be righteous in order that they might catch Him in some statement so as to deliver Him up to the rule and the authority of the governor. And they questioned Him, saying, 'Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly and you are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?' But He detected their trickery and said to them, 'Show Me a denarius, whose likeness and inscription does it have?' And they said, 'Caesar's.' And He said to them, 'Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.' And they were unable to catch Him in a saying in the presence of the people and marveling at His answer, they became silent."...

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry...

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