As we begin this message, permit me to give you a little background of the setting for this parable. At the beginning OF CHAPTER TWENTY ONE OF Matthews we find Jesus making His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. After entering the city Jesus went to the temple and begin to clean it up, He started by turning over the tables of the moneychangers and those who bought and sold in the temple. People was using the church for business much like they do today Jesus said It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. (Matt.21: 13). Because of Jesus actions the chief priest and scribes begin questioning Him. They want to know what right He had posing as the Messiah. To answer their questions Jesus raised a question concerning the ministry of John the Baptist, whom the command people took to be a prophet from God. The leaders were afraid to reply, because they might offend the people who believed that John was a prophet or they would place themselves under an obligation to submit to they were not ready to do that! You see friends John demanded that the people confess that they were sinners and in need of a Savior. In contrast, the religious leaders affirmed that they were righteous and needed no repentance. They already considered themselves to be sons of the kingdom. Yes friend they were Jews they were good people they needed no repentance because they did not sin. ďFor all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). There are many people in the world today who believe this same thing but they are wrong everyone is a sinner and come short of the glory of God.

            As a result of this conflict between Christ and the Jewish leaders, two questions arose. ďWho is sons of the kingdoms?Ē and ďhow may son ship be tested?Ē These were crucial question, for their answers would determine whether or not God accepted those who followed Pharisaic traditions.

            For the solution Jesus told a story about a man and his two sons. So if you have your Bibles turn with me to (Matt. 21:28-32). ďBut what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vive yard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went and he came to the second son and said likewise, and he answered and said, I go sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, the first. Jesus saith unto them. Verily I say unto you that the Publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him, and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

            Now letís take a look at this parable and these two sons in contrast to each other. The sons who professed his fatherís authority but did not go, represents the chiefís priest and scribes. Here we have these leaders of the Jews that say they are the children of God, but their lives did not show it. When John the Baptist came and told them they needed to repent of their sins they said we have no sin. When Jesus came and told them to follow Him and not their religion, they said, they could not put their faith in a carpenters son. ďWell hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written this people honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. How bait in vain does they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandments of God, ye hold the traditions of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do: Making the word of God of none effect through your traditions, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye, (MK 7:6-8; 13). Yes friends these people followed religion and the keeping of traditions, they through it was right because that was the way they was raised, thatís the way their parents lived so it must be right. Friends there are many people in this country doing the same thing. They are playing religion and keeping the traditions, they are following man ways, and not Godís way. They say it was good enough for my parents so it is good enough for me. Friends I pray that you are not saying that. I pray that you are following Jesus and not some religion, because I know there are many people teaching religion here, saying you can live forever by keeping sacraments and audience of the church.  Dear friend thatís not true Jesus says, there is only one way to heaven and it is not through religion. This is what Jesus was trying to tell these religions leaders but they could not understand Him. Now let us look at the other son.

            This son rejected the fatherís authority but later repented and obeyed. The tax collectors and prostitutes represent this son.

            God represents the father in this parable. The vineyard is the church and the sons are two classes of men, to whom the command to go and work was given.

            The son who rejected the fathers authority but later became earnest in working for his father are like a lot of people in the world today, that has repented of their sins and turned to God. These people knew they were sinners, when they were told to repent they did, when Jesus said you are living the wrong way they believed Him. Friends they admitted they were wrong and was willing to change. I want you to know dear friend this does not in no way justify sin. Yes Jesus will forgive you, but sin leaves scares. When you sin against a Holy God you will never forget it. Sin hurts your life and you Christians know that it hurts your testimony for Christ. You cannot live in sin and expect some one else to see Jesus in you. One thing I can say about the unsaved is they sure know when a person is living the life they profess. If you say you are a child of God friend people will know it. The unsaved knows whom a person is living for. Your life will show what you are. Friends you cannot say you are a child of God and expect people to believe it if you donít obey Godís Word. ďGod says if you love me you will keep my commandments.Ē

            Most people donít want to tell others they are a Christian because they know their life does not show it. There are a lot of you out there right now, know you are living wrong you know you are not in Godís will, and you really want to change but no one has ever told you how. Friends that is why I preach these messages, they designed to tell people how to be saved. It is the desires of all our hearts here at In the Name of Jesus, that you will see Jesus and turn your life over to Him. It is our prayer that everyone realizes they are sinners and hopelessly lost without Christ, and will spend eternity apart from Him unless they repent.

The son who professed his fatherís authority but did not obey, reminds us of the Priest. Priest and scribes who say they know God, but do not obey Him. They are hypocrites they said they were Christians but you could not find them working for God. They were working for man and what they could get out of life. Friends there are a lot of people playing religion. They donít tell people how to have eternal life and they certainly donít tell people how to live by Godís Word. They made vowels to God but never keep them. There are some of you who has made vowels to God and never keep the. Friends we are told in (Ec. 5:4-6) ďWhen thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sinĒ. Friends you need to keep your vows to God. If you say you are one of His children you need to live the life you profess.

            The son was right in his confession but wrong in his actions (Rom. 10:9) ďIF THOU SHALT CONFESS WITH THY MOUTH THE LORD JESUS, AND SHALT BELIEVE IN THINE HEART THAT GOD HATH RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, THOU SHALT BE SAVED.Ē Yes it is not wrong to make a confession that is how we are saved, but to confess and not live it is wrong. A lot of people are making the right confess but have lives that donít agree. We see that God has given the command to His children to go into the field and work but not all who confess Jesus as their Lord goes and works. There is plenty of work to be done. There is physical and spiritual work to be done. One forth of the worlds earns less than 75 dollars a year; 460 million are starving to death. The physical needs are great and we, as Christians need to work to meet needs. The spiritual needs of the world are also great the world has five billion people, one billion professes to Christianity, over one billion had heard the name of Jesus, but friends over two billion people has never heard the name of Jesus. For us to do the work of God we can be busy by witnessing, teaching Sunday School and bring friends and loved ones to church. Friends we live in a lost and dying world, people dying every day around us who are going off into an eternity of Hell, because no one took the time to tell them about Christ. The work needs to be done now Jesus says in John 4:35, say not ye, there are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.Ē Jesus is telling us dear Christian the need is today. In Luk. 10:2 He said ďI must be about my fathers business.Ē I want to ask you dear Christian friend are you doing the work of your Heavenly father? Or of some other? This is the duty of all children of God. Jesus did and so should we. Oh dear friend donít be like the priest and scribes of Jesusí day, work for God. ďFor the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch, watch ye therefore for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing or in the mourning lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ donít let the Lord come and find you not working.

 Our body has great potentialities if you are a person of average size, you perform in each day of 24 hours the following functions; Your heart beats 103,689 times; your blood travels 168,000,000 miles. You breathe 23,040 times; you inhale 438 cubic feet of air. You eat 3 or 4 pounds of food and drink 3 quarts liquid. You perspire 2 pints through your skin; your body maintains a steady temperature of 98.6 degrees under all weather conditions. You generate 450 foot tons of energy, you speak 4800 words (men only), move and use over 700 muscles, use 7,000,000 brain cells, and walk 7 miles. Just think friends this body belongs to God. I want to ask you with this activity, how much of it is dedicated to the Creator. This wonderfully made body should be dedicated to its wonderful Creator. Make it a present to God today. God tells us in (Jer. 31:3) ďYea I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.Ē Friends, is Jesus drawing some of you today? Do you want to be a true son of God? If you mean business with God then confess Him as Lord of your life and turn from your sins today.  Doing that will allow Him to use your body for His honor and glory and you will be glad you did, because when you are working for God your life grows sweeter and sweeter everyday.