Mike Henry - Hot Springs, South Dakota Gospel Meeting - March 28, 2010

Hymn 42, "There Is A Way"

Hymn 166, "Oh, What Will You Do With Jesus"



Mark 12:1-2, “And He began to speak unto them by parables, 'A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.'”  Everything was given in that vineyard that they would have fruit.  There should have been some fruit there, but they mistreated the servant.  The Lord has given us everything we need.  He has given us our own will, and we aren’t willing to die to that.  The place for the winefat, or winepress, is like a place where things are broken.  We don’t want to take this life for granted. 

I want to look at the servant.  They caught him and beat him and sent him away.  Verse 3-12, “And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.”  These servants were coming in a timely fashion, and what they came for was not unreasonable. Verse 12, “And they sought to lay hold on Him, but feared the people for they knew that He had spoken the parable against them and they left Him, and went their way.”  They knew He spoke this parable to them.  These prophets weren’t treated very well.  They came and were dis-knowleged.  How does this apply to us in our day?  Take the Gospel message – how is it accepted?  I have listened to the Gospel message and left and didn’t take it – I didn’t hear the message – I may as well have stayed at home. 

In Acts, He went from Thessalonica to Berrea, and it says they searched the scriptures to see if these things were so.  Zacchaeus ran ahead because he wanted to see this Jesus.  My question today is for me, but I will share it with you, is:  What have we done with the Gospel?  What have we done with it?  Have we looked into it to see what is in it for us?  They said this was just the church in diapers and we have grown beyond that and we have our own teachings.  The truth is not old fashioned, and it is not modern – it is eternal, and it applies today. 

It was a little warning to me.  Why did the master keep sending servants?  Because he had compassion for those husbandmen, and wanted to give them another chance.  He is still reaching out to a perishing world.  A similar thing happens to the son, in verse 7, “But those husbandmen said among themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.'”  In their own mind, they thought this was theirs, and if they got rid of the son.  How many hired men do you see inherit the vineyard?  You don’t – it belongs to the master, and he will give it to his sons.  This was human logic. 

I took a few flying lessons before I went into the work, and the first thing they teach you is that you have to trust your instruments.  They give you “foggles,” and you can’t see – they are all fogged up.  They told me to take mine off after only 30 seconds – I didn’t even make it to a full minute.  I thought I was flying straight, and I was 1,000 feet below where I was supposed to be.  I thought I was flying straight and true, and was off 1,000 feet!  I thought I had it all figured out and I didn’t.  It is the same thought – how do we treat the message?  Do we believe it is true and trust it?  It is our tendency to build on it and think we can improve it.  My friends, it is pure and it is clear, and doesn’t need any improvement.  Trust in it.  The husbandman said he would give it to others.  That is giving the Gospel to the Gentiles – that is us. 

Verse 12, they left Him and went their way.  This was our study this week, and a lady said in her testimony, said that verse made her sad because they left Him and went their way.  They chose to be the husbandman, and just go their own way.  Again, what do we do with the message?  Let’s have faith and put faith in the Gospel, that it is right and believe it and follow it with our whole heart.