When Jesus Looks Right At You | Luke 20:1-19

When Jesus Looks Right At You | Luke 20:1-19

Lords Prayer

Before we begin today’s sermon would you join me in praying the words our Lord taught us to pray?

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Amen

Introduction

Please stand for the reading of God’s Word.

Luke 20:1-19 ESV  One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up  (2)  and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.”  (3)  He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me,  (4)  was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?”  (5)  And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’  (6)  But if we say, ‘From man,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.”  (7)  So they answered that they did not know where it came from.  (8)  And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”  (9)  And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while.  (10)  When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.  (11)  And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.  (12)  And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out.  (13)  Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’  (14)  But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’  (15)  And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?  (16)  He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!”  (17)  But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?  (18)  Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”  (19)  The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.

You may be seated

  • How many of y’all know your theology can be perfect, and people will still try to argue with you.
    • You can speak plainly and clearly about scripture, read the verse out loud, in simple English, and people who claim to be Christians will still try to shout you down.
    • You can be spot on, with many supporting verses, and supporting theologians… and people will still try to argue you into circles and catch you in traps…
      • Anyone with Facebook or Twitter probably knows what I am talking about…
        • Just this week Pastor Todd from Faith and victory posted a single theological sentence, straight out of scripture…
        • And it garnered over 100 comments, mostly from one guy who claimed Faith and Victory Church was a false church because this guy slightly disagreed with Pastor Todd’s (and most of Christianity’s) interpretation of this verse…
        • It was disgusting to read this guy talk to another Christian like Pastor Todd was a wolf in sheep’s clothing… but that is exactly what he was doing.
      • I myself was called a false pastor and a false Christian by another pastor once, because of a slight disagreement with how one verse should be interpreted… not a verse about God or salvation mind you, some random verse that this guy was HEATED about.
        • I said, brother, let’s agree to disagree.
        • And he said “I am not your brother, you are not a true pastor and I am not even sure you are a true Christian”…
      • Alrighty then…
  • You know what today’s passage reminds me?
    • If you have ever been in a situation like this, on the receiving end that is… then you have had a Christlike experience…
  • Because the theology of Jesus Christ is perfect, amen?!
    • It is not flawed, it is not incomplete, it could not be phrased in a better way or said in a different way.
    • IT IS PERFECT!
  • YET SOME OF THE RELIGIOUS SCHOLARS TRIED TO TRAP HIM IN IT. And so, Jesus looked right at them… looked them in the face, and rebuked them.
    • It wasn’t a feathery soft rebuke either… it was a “You will be broken into pieces and I will crush you!” kind of rebuke.
  • The easy truth is, many of us have probably had our faith questioned… we have been called names, and people have picked fights with us.
    • Many of us, like Jesus, have found ourselves on the receiving end of this kind of nonsensical argumentative spirit.
  • That is the easy truth. But here is the hard truth… Most of us, I dare say ALL OF US, have been on the other end of that argument too.
    • We have been the one attacking other Christians… attacking the bride of Christ, arguing over stupid things that have little to do with the Gospel.\
    • We have been on the receiving side of Christ’s rebuke… so todays message asks… what do you do when Christ look’s right at you and rebukes you.
      • How do you respond?

Show Title Slide

  • When Christ looks right at you and rebukes you, what do you do? How do you respond?
    • Because the pharisees where trying to argue with Jesus… they were trying to catch Him with theological games and tricks trying to trap Him into saying something wrong or not having a good answer.
    • And after Jesus thoroughly explains why they are wrong, scripture says that Jesus LOOKED RIGHT AT THE PHARISEES and rebuked them.
    • How do you respond when Jesus looks right at you?

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Point One – When Jesus Looks Right At You, Listen to What He Says

  • My first point this morning is simply this… When Jesus Looks Right At You, Listen to What He Says.
    • If Christ rebukes you, or if Scripture rebukes you… the first thing you need to do is listen!
    • Here are some scriptures to back this up, as if this point needs backing up, but I want this to get into you, deep down into you so that when this happens you are not DEFENSIVE like the Pharisees in this story were, but so you immediately recognize Christs rebuke and make the conscience decision to listen to Christ.

John 8:47 ESV  Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

Proverbs 2:1-5 ESV  My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,  (2)  making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;  (3)  yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,  (4)  if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,  (5)  then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

John 10:27 ESV  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

  • It’s pretty simple church… just like most of Christianity… we work so hard to muck it up and make it complicated… but the truth is, it really is very simple…
    • When God speaks, listen!
  • I shared this awesome meme on Facebook, and it highlights the simplicity of this truth…
    • Because I know that some people might be thinking “I have never heard God speak”.
  • This meme answers it perfectly… It was two people talking, a man and a woman.
    • The man says “I want to hear God speak, but He never speaks to me”.
    • The woman responds “Read your Bible”.
    • The man shoots back “No, I want to hear God speak to me out loud!”
    • The woman responds “Then read your Bible out loud!”
  • It’s not that hard y’all, the Bible is called the Word of God over and over and over again.
    • It has been confirmed to be Gods Word by thousands of Christians, by councils, by divine intervention… by everyway imaginable…
    • And if you are not going to listen to God’s written Word then what makes you think you are going to listen to God’s spoken word?
  • And I really mean “Listen!!”… somebody say “listen”
    • I don’t mean “Study”, I mean “listen”. Though studying can be wonderful, and is an important part of the Christian walk… studying scripture is no substitute for listening to scripture…
    • What good is studying the word if you can’t even hear what the Word is saying?
      • I have given this example before, but I will give it again.
      • Imagine my sons room is really messy…
      • So I call my son over “Ezra, get in here!”
      • Ezra comes running along and says “Here I am dad, what do you need”
      • And I say “Clean your room!”
      • And Ezra says “Ok dad”
      • A week goes by and I notice that not only has Ezra not cleaned his room but it is actually much work than before…
      • I call Ezra over “Ezra Charles!”
      • He comes over “Yes dad, what is it”
      • WHY DID YOU NOT LISTEN TO ME WHEN I SAID CLEAN YOUR ROOM?!
      • “What are you talking about dad? I absolutely listened!”
      • “No you didn’t”
      • “Yes I did, I worked really hard and memorized what you said… you said “Clean your room”… in fact, I even looked up the original Greek! “Καθάρισε το δωμάτιό” (Katharise to Domatio)! Did you know the word Katherise is Strongs number G2513 and means “Clean, clear, innocent, and pure… without being mixed… free from contamination”…
      • “That’s great son but you didn’t listen to me”
      • “Of course I did dad, I even called up Nemo, and Jim, and Abrahm, and we had a book study about what you said, we read the book “Your cleanest room, now!” By pastor Lucas Warm… it’s a great book dad I really recommend it”.
      • Yeah but you didn’t listen! How do I know, because YOUR ROOM IS NOT CLEAN!
      • I don’t care what Pastor Luke says, if your room isn’t clean THEN YOU DID NOT LISTEN!
    • But that’s what we do to God’s word when we study it, but don’t listen to it… and that’s exactly what the Pharisees did…
  • They had studied God’s word… in fact they had memorized it… but none of them listened…
  • So instead of obeying, they rebelled.
  • They try to trap Jesus by saying “If a woman is married, and her husband dies, and is married again… and this happens seven times… then who is she married to in heaven?”
  • Jesus is like “WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?! Marriage is an earthly institution… you won’t be worried about who you married on earth because you will be married to me!”
  • That shut the pharisees up, because their studying had not prepared them for that answer… such a simple answer that they easily word have grasped if they spent half as much time listening as they did studying… but then it gets worse…
  • Jesus tells them this parable, to rebuke them, about a man and his vineyard…
    • He puts people in charge of the vineyard, but every time he sends someone to check up on them, they beat or kill them.
    • Finally the man sends his son to the vineyard and they kill the son…
    • So the man brings an army and kills all those he left in charge.
  • The vineyard of course in this parable is earth.
    • The man who owns the vineyard is God.
    • The people in charge are us, or more specifically, God’s people.
    • And those God sent to check up on us where the prophets… who historically where beaten, and persecuted and even killed.
    • Finally God sends His son Jesus, and what do the pharisees do, the people who are supposed to be God’s people…? They Kill Jesus!
  • So Christ tells this parable… and the pharisees know exactly what Jesus is talking about, but instead of listening, they argue!

Luke 20:16 ESV  He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!”

  • They argued! SURELY NOT! They protest!
    • Church, when Christ rebukes you… don’t argue! LISTEN!
  • And Listening means taking action on what you heard!

John 10:27 ESV  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

  • “My sheep hear my voice” Jesus says… but that’s not all He said…
  • “My sheep hear my voice and I know them” Jesus says… but that not all He said.
  • “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, AND THEY FOLLOW ME!”
    • THERE IS ACTION TO LISTENING… YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING! YOU HAVE TO ACT! That “follow” is a physical action! It means “They respond, they listen, and they follow me!”
  • That brings me right to point two: When Jesus Looks Right At You, You Need to Change!

Point Two – When Jesus Looks Right At You, You Need to Change… Immediately!

Luke 20:17-18 ESV  But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?  (18)  Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”

  • So, this section of scripture starts with the Pharisees trying to trick Jesus with a question about marriage in heaven, it moves into a parable that Jesus tells the crowd around Him… but the parable was about the pharisees.
  • The pharisees argue and say “Certainly not”
  • And Jesus looks right at them.
    • Can you imagine the power of that gaze…
    • That’s a holy mean mug right there…
    • The creator of the Universe stops what He is doing to stare you down and then says, directly to you… and I am paraphrasing here…
    • “Certainly not? Huh? Then why do you think Scripture speaks about me saying that I will be reject… and don’t forget, it says that once I am rejected I will become the cornerstone and I will CRUSH all who reject me”.
  • DANG! I don’t ever want Jesus to look right at me and say He’s about to crush me!
  • But I tell you this, if He does look right at me and rebuke me, I pray I will never respond like the Pharisees did… how did the respond? Look at verse 19:

Luke 20:19 ESV  The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.

  • Man they tried to kill Him right then and there! The AUDACITY!
  • I have seen Christians do this time and time again…
    • The pastor reads something from scripture that rebukes them… that cuts right to the bone… and in that moment they have a choice, change, or rebel.
    • And many Christians, or at least so called Christians, chose to rebel… just like the pharisees.
    • They leave the church, and they spread lies and rumors about the pastors and the leadership… they try to kill the church… all because they didn’t like the idea of changing.
  • But I have also seen people here incredibly hard to hear truths… and decide to listen… decide to change.
    • They make the hard choice to leave there sin behind, their old mindset behind, to kill their argumentative spirit instead of trying to kill the truth, to die to themselves instead of trying to kill the church.
    • And you know what happens to those people?
      • They are blessed.
      • They grow.
      • They become more Christ like.
      • They become pastors, teachers, prophets, evangelists, or even apostles.
      • They become the ones being attacked by the world, instead of the ones attacking the church.
      • And when such a person dies, they are greeted by Jesus with the lines “Well done, my good and faithful servant.

Conclusion

  • Let’s conclude with two passages of Scripture this morning:

Luke 6:46-49 ESV  “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?  (47)  Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:  (48)  he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.  (49)  But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

  • Do you get this, church?! Jesus is talking about Christians… people who hear His word and even call Jesus “Lord, Lord”.
    • But one set is truly Christians, those who hear what Jesus says and does them… they are like a man who builds his house on a rock… no storm can shake it…
    • But those who hear and don’t obey, they are like a man who builds a house without a foundation. The storm comes and destroys them, and their ruin is great!

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  (22)  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  (23)  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

  • Gospel Call

Aaronic Blessing


יאר יהוה פניו אליך ויחנך
ישא יהוה פניו אליך וישם לך שׁלום

“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

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“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

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