The priests are silent for a moment, processing this information. But as soon as they realize that Jesus was referring to them when he spoke of the wicked laborers, an outraged cry erupts. Jesus continues as if nothing is wrong, “Haven’t you read your own Holy Scriptures? In Psalm 118, David wrote, ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the most important corner stone. The Lord God did this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.’ David spoke of the Messiah, the Son of Man. He is the most important corner stone. Whoever falls on this stone will be broken, but whoever the stone falls upon will be ground into a fine powder. Now, I tell you, the vineyard of Israel will be taken away from you and given to those who will make the vineyard bear fruit and will give that fruit to the owner of the vineyard at harvest time.” The priests and officials are seething with anger, but a quick glance around the group tells them that there is nothing they can do. They are surrounded by people who revere Jesus as their Messiah, or at the very least, a prophet. To make a move against Him now would be suicide. Once again defeated by this infuriating man, they turn stiffly and stalk off into another room in the Temple.
Matthew 21:42-46, Mark 12:10-12, Luke 20:16b-19