Preparing for Jesus’ Departure (Luke 19:11-27)

11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’ 14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’ 15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.  (Luke 19:11-15)

20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’

22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’

24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’

25 “ ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’

26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’ ”  (Luke 19:20-27)

Learn it:

            Jesus is getting closer to Jerusalem and that means he is soon going to be leaving his disciples.  With this parable he is teaching them how to live when he is gone.  In the parable this soon to be king gives servants some money and tells them to steward it well while he is gone.  Now, this future king is not loved by everyone, but the fact remains that he is going to be king someday.  When the king returns, he wants to see how his servants did.  The first two where faithful and earned money.  Since they were faithful, they were given more responsibilities.  Then we get to the third servant.  This one feared the king and hide the money.  The king was furious at this because the servant did not try to grow the king’s money.  Jesus ends the parable with a strong warning that if we do a good job of growing things, more will be given.  But, if we do nothing, then even what we have will be taken away. 

Live it:

            This story has to do with Jesus representing the king in the parable.  After his death and resurrection, he entrusted his disciples with the great commission and left the earth.  He also, promised to return.  We are now responsible to stewarding the gospel well.  This parable challenges us to look at our lives and see if we are being good stewards?  Are we like the first two stewards who used their skills and talents to grow what they have been given?  Or are we like the third one who was afraid and wasted the opportunity?  We should be involved in playing our part in building the kingdom of God.  If we are, we will be given more responsibilities in heaven.  If not, we will have little responsibilities.  The outcome is up to us. 

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