April 18, 2014

“There’s Room for You”

Luke 23:33-49

John Calvin said, “There is . . . no room to doubt that [Christ] is prepared to admit into his kingdom all, without exception, who shall apply to him.”

Jesus illustrated this truth in a parable (Matthew 20:1-16). A land­owner went out early in the morning and hired workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a fair day’s wage. Later in the morning, he saw some other men standing idle in the marketplace, so he hired them and told them that he would pay them a fair wage. At noon and in mid-afternoon, he did the same thing. Finally, about five o’clock in the afternoon, he hired some others. When evening came, he paid all the workers the same, a full day’s wage. But, the men who had worked all day grumbled because these men who had only worked one hour got the same wage that they received after working hard all day. The landowner said, “I paid you what we agreed on. If I wish to be generous to this last man, that’s my privilege. I can do what I want with that which is my own.”

Jesus was teaching that salvation is by God’s free grace, not based on man’s merit or works. If God wants to dispense it to someone that we think unworthy, that is his business. In God’s sight, we are all unworthy. No one has a valid claim against God.