(23-27) The Authority of Jesus Challenged
It is quite clear where Jesus’ authority (and where John’s baptism) comes from, but the unbelief of the chief priests and the elders kept them from acknowledging the truth.
(28-32) The Parable of the Two Sons
Christ considers what we do more important than what we say. It is better to pick up our cross and actually follow Jesus, then just to say “I will follow You”. Truly repentant fraudsters and prostitutes will make it into the kingdom of God before self-righteous saints who are too proud to admit their faults and ask God for forgiveness.
(33-46) The Parable of the Tenants
The rejected stone that became the cornerstone is Jesus the Christ. His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension was all the Lord’s doing. He was rejected of men, but God made Him ruler of all.
Favorite verse: (42) Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?