“Do not think that I came to destroy the law and the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
” For assuredly, I say to you till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
” For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
For the Kingdom is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
Now, when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into the vineyard..
and he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
And said to them, You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you. And they went.
Again he went out and about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.
And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them why have you been standing idle all day?
They said to him, because no one hired us. He said to them, You also go to into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.
So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard steward, Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.
And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius.
But when those came that were hired first, they thought that they would receive more; and likewise received each a denarius.
And when they received it, they murmured against the landowner, saying, these last men only worked one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and labored in the heat ALL day.
But he answered one of them and said, Friend, I am doing you no wrong, Did you not agree with me for a denarius?
Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I want with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?
So the last will be first and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen.
Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the World?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
“He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father who sent Me.
“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the World gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
“You have heard Me say to you, I am going away and coming back to you. If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, I am going to the Father, for My Father is greater than I.
“And now I have told you before it comes, that when it comes to pass, you may believe.
“I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this World is coming, and he has nothing in Me.
“But that the World may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.
JOHN 14: 22-31
Evangelist Thomas Parsons Jr. President/Servant