In the days that followed Jesus’ triumphal entry, just hours before his own death, Jesus told a story about a landowner and his workers. His message is subtle but profound: you only send a son to rescue a son (or daughter).
First of all, the landowner in this story is really gracious. He is the one who planted, built a wall around the vineyard, dug out the wine press (whatever that means), and built the watchtower. After he invests all of his time and energy, the landowner only wants to collect some of the harvest when it is time. All of the harvest is his, but he only requests that part of it be returned to him. Not only that, but the landowner keeps patiently sending his trusted servants to go and collect his portion of the harvest, despite the fact that his servants keep getting abused, beaten and killed. It’s important to acknowledge that a harsh landowner would use his resources to pay a small army to go and destroy the tenant farmers; not so with this landowner. He instead does the unthinkable – he sends his son to go and reason with the tenants and collect his portion on the harvest. Why would he do that? Is he crazy!
The only logical explanation is that the landowner considers his harvest to be as important to him as his son. Because of the risk of sending his servants, the landowner has to know that the possibility of abuse and even death to his son is on the table. So why would he risk it? Because you only send a son to rescue a son (or daughter). You and I are the “harvest” in this story. We are that important to the landowner, God the Father! When He looks at us He sees us as a brother (or sister) to Jesus. So of course he sends His son! Jesus, in his own words, says this about us: “I have given them the honor that you gave me, that they may be one, as we are one—I in them and you in me, that they may grow complete into one, so that the world may realize that you sent me and have loved them as you loved me.” (John 17:21)
Believe it or don’t believe it; it’s true. You and I are the sons and the daughters of the one and only true Father. When He looks at us, He sees us as the equivalent to Jesus. So then the question is not why would He send His son; the question is why wouldn’t He send his son to come and get us?! You only send a son to rescue a son (or daughter). You and I have been rescued and fully accepted into the family. We are His harvest. It’s who were are.