Abdu draws us into the parable of the master of the vineyard to show us how Jesus not only transcends cultures, but how he transcends centuries.
You see those men waited for a second, third, fourth, and even a fifth round of hiring, holding out hope against all odds that maybe someone would honor them and give them an honest day’s worth of work. And the master of the vineyard does that. He honors them with that. Otherwise they would have gone home in shame and not been able to tell their wife and their children, “I provided for you today,” but he honors them with work.
Jesus is telling a parable that not only speaks to an honor and shame culture like an Eastern culture and says that people who hold out hope for honor will be rewarded by God, who is generous. But also those who have the philosophical conundrum that we have today, “how can God be sovereign and yet I exercise my free will?” he answers that question as well. Jesus not only transcends cultures but he transcends centuries
Make it personal:
How have you experienced Jesus covering your shame?
Do you believe that God is a generous and benevolent master of the vineyard?