The Son is Sent
Mark 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Reverence: entrepo, to put self to shame, to regard, to respect.
The Father will send his only begotten son, surely they will be humbled in his presence and respect him?
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Mark 12:7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
They were thinking as natural evil men, if they could kill the son, then they will be in charge of all the vineyard, of all the religious things: gold, honor, power. But they did not see in the spiritual. The true riches are spiritual, the true heirs of God are those who honor and obey Jesus, the Son. What would these wicked religious men teach? They would make disciples after themselves, hunger for power, lusts and the worlds treasures. Though outwardly they would appear to keep the law.
Mark 12:8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
Jesus was taken outside of Jerusalem and killed.
John 19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
John 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
John 19:18 Where they crucified him, and two others with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
Mark 12:9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
They rejected their savior. The temple would be completely destroyed by the Romans. Many of their men would be crucified and the kingdom of God would be open to the Gentiles through faith in Jesus, the promised one of Israel.
Mark 12:10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
Mark 12:11 This was the Lord's doing, andit is marvellous in our eyes?
Psa 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
Psa 118:23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
Another fulfillment of prophesy. Did God make them reject Jesus? No, but seeing all things he knew this would happen. We are responsible for our sins, even if God knows, he has given us the word and His Son to bring us to himself. The choice is ours to make. Satan can always find willing servants through lust for wealth, power and pleasure. When the Father speaks, we will serve the Lord.
Mark 12:12 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 this was about them, but still they sought their own will and that of the devil. Do we pay attention when Jesus speaks to us? Or do we go our own way?