As most of you know by now at last night’s Academy Awards the presenters announced that the wrong film had won best picture. Unfortunately they didn’t catch the error until the cast and producers of that “wrong” film were on stage celebrating. They then took the award from one film and gave it to another. Awkward! Later it was found that they also showed the photograph of Australian producer Jan Chapman in the “In Memoriam” section. Ms. Chapman is very much alive. I suspect there are some very intense meetings going on in Hollywood today.
In December 2015 comedian and Miss Universe pageant host Steve Harvey also made a huge blunder. He initially named Miss Colombia, Ariadna Arevalo, as the winner, only to discover that he had made a mistake and Miss Philippines, Pia Wurzbach had actually won. By that time Ms. Arevalo already had the Miss Universe crown on her head and the bouquet of flowers in her arms. Both were taken from her and given to Ms. Wurzbach. Steve Harvey became a bigger joke than any he had told in his comedy career.
I share those two epic mistakes with you to encourage you not to let anyone or anything take your crown or steal your prize. In Matthew 21:42-43 Jesus told the parable of the wicked tenants who killed the land owners son and sought to take the vineyard for themselves. As He did throughout the parables the Lord brought it to bear on those in the audience, in this case the priests and Pharisees and priests. Look at what He said:
“Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits.”
Those religious people forgot to honor the One God sent. They overlooked the cornerstone Jesus Christ to their own detriment. To insure that no one takes our crown, that no one gives our prize to another, we must endure. Paul described his life to Timothy in this way:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
We must never waver in our allegiance to Jesus Christ, and we must keep His Word. If we do our celebration cannot be stolen or given away.
Think about that