What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this Scripture:
“‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” Mark 12:9-11
This Scripture shows once again that God was not naïve in sending the Son. It is not as if he really thought, this will break the cycle of their rejection. No, it was intended as the climax of rejection. But the rejection of the Son would be reversed so that he was vindicated.
What will happen after Jesus is vindicated (resurrected)? Jesus shows where this story is headed: rejection, vindication, destruction of the temple, inclusion of the Gentiles into a new temple.
The move from rejected stone to capstone. This vindication envisions a new temple—spiritual stones with Christ Jesus as the chief Cornerstone. Peter will tell this story once again in his first letter to Gentile Christians.
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.”—1 Peter 2:1–7