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Reverence the Son (Luke 20:13)

Introductory Thoughts

Today's passage comes from a portion of one of Christ's many parables (Luke 20:9). The interpretation of the parable declares that God sent prophets and priests to deliver His message to the Jewish people, but in the end He sent His own Son (Hebrews 1:2). In the parable, the Lord said, “I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him” (Luke 20:13). The lack of reverence by the Jews did not take God by surprise. It was simply a legitimate offer to be right with God. Additionally, God intended for this parable to express an important truth: the Father expects mankind to reverence His Son. The world mocked Him, beat Him, and eventually executed Him as though He was a hardened criminal. Should we be surprised when people today fail to reverence the Son as they refuse to trust Him as Saviour?

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): God the Son loves us and gave His life for us. In turn, God the Father wants His Son to be honoured (respected and obeyed). Some people do not love the Son, but the Bible says one day He will be their judge and they will bow before Him (Philippians 2:8-11).
  • (For everyone): When the Lord came to this earth, a small minority showed Him reverence. Much of what He suffered was directly attributed to our personal sins.
  • Do you show a daily reverence to the Son of God? Do you serve Him in reverence? Do you speak of Him with respect and awe? Do you live holy knowing that He is ever watching?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to show you how to truly reverence His Son.
  • Ask the Lord to let your reverence for His Son change your life.


All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name