Verse 28 What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, Son, go and work today in the vineyard. Verse 29 I will not, he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. Verse 30 Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, I will, sir, but he did not go. Verse 31 Which of the two did what his father wanted? The first, they answered. Jesus said to them, Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. Verse 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
Verse 28 To 32 Meaning
In this parable, Jesus is talking to the priests and elders of the church. Jesus was in Jerusalem preaching in the temple when the priests and elders approached him and asked. Who has given you the authority to teach in this place?
Jesus is telling the priests and elders through this parable that God has given him the authority to teach. The priests and elders did not believe that Jesus is the son of God despite there being many prophets before speaking about the coming of Jesus and what he was going to do. They knew what had been written by the prophets but still did not believe.
Evin john the baptist had talked about the coming of Jesus to the priests and elders. They still did not believe it was Jesus.
The parable that Jesus put forward to the priests and elders is of a father which is God and his two sons. The one son obeyed his father while the other son did not.
Jesus was comparing the first son to the prostitutes and tax collectors who repented and believed in him with the second son to the priests and elders who did not repent nor believe in him.
Jesus is making a point here by what he is saying. The priests and elders of the church are the first people who should have believed, but they did not. Therefore how much faith did they even have? They were believers of men not of God.
That’s why at the end of verse 32 Jesus said to the priests and elders that the tax collectors and prostitutes will enter the kingdom of heaven before them as they repented and believed in the holy spirit and eternal life with God.
This parable also sends us a very clear message. We must repent of our sins and believe Jesus is the son of God who died for our sins. God sent all his prophets before Jesus to tell the believers and non-believers about the kingdom of heaven and what is waiting for us after we die.
Scriptures tell us how to live a righteous life and what is needed from us to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
But why do so many still not believe?
Everyone has heard about God and Jesus. Everyone knows what is right or wrong. But still, people chose the wrong path. I encourage you to pick up a bible and start to read it.
The bible is not a fantasy story of times long ago. It is the truth that reflects into our everyday lives. This is the only book in the entire world that will show you the right way to eternal life.