I noticed a trend in the parables that Jesus gave in Matthew 21. In the parable of the two sons, each son was given the opportunity to obey the father. In the parable of the vineyard tenants, the tenants had several opportunities to honor the obligations that are associated with operating a business on leased land. In the parable of the wedding banquet, the initial invitees had an opportunity to come to the party but they did not attend. On the day of judgment, Jesus is going to point to the times in our lives were we had a choice to obey, honor, and accept his redeeming sacrifice. Like the characters of the parables, in hindsight it will be clear what decision should have been made. These verses make me want to be ready for these decisions and premeditate responding appropriately. Then, I will not need to reflect back and see failure but will rather here “well done good and faithful servant”!
Imagine that you are standing with a loved one and someone hurls an insult at the two of you. It catches you off guard. You don’t know what to say, and the remark makes you feel small. Suddenly, your loved one, who is standing next to you, quickly replies with the perfect response. This remark is genius. It is the kind of response that you would think of while lying in bed later that night and wish you could go back and use it. The response is crafted in such a way that it restores confidence and pride in the insulted party while simultaneously leaving the aggressor speechless. The altercation is ended upon delivery. There would be pride for the protecting love one. Similarly, Jesus telling the Pharisees to give to Caesar what is Caesars and give to God what is God’s is an example of such a remark. I was filled with pride while reading this because I worship a wise Father.