Is this not the voice of our sin? “Come let us put the Christ to death and have His inheritance.” Christ’s inheritance is all things: every rule, authority, power, and created thing is His. Lovingly, He offers us brotherhood in this, that we might share in His inheritance. He is not a stingy bridegroom, but offers His bride to share in his wealth. Yet we would have this wealth without the Christ. We would crucify Him and have the treasure all to ourselves.
If we would treasure Christ as our highest treasure, we would have the treasure for which we seek, and we would be heirs with Christ to inherit the whole world. Instead of this, we become like the tenants;
“Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.”
Look at the fulfillment of this parable in the crucifixion of Christ.
The inheritance of Christ is peace. The tenants sought peace by killing the only one who could bring it.
The inheritance of Christ is a kingdom. The tenants sought to build the kingdom by killing the one to whom it belonged.
The inheritance of Christ is a Church. The tenants sought to safeguard the temple for themselves by killing one who would fill it with his own glory.
The inheritance of Christ is authority. The tenants lusted after this authority to establish their own traditions.
“This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.”
What is it that we lust after? Fame, fortune, honor, power? These all belong to Christ. Only a thief tries to posses what belongs to another. What will God do to such thieves? Verse 41, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death.”
This is all of us, myself especially. I am the wicked tenant. I am the thief, for I have sought the inheritance that is Christ’s alone. Forbid it Lord that I should continue as such.