Summary: On His way to Jerusalem to die for the sin of humanity, Jesus had many encounters... this story details one such encounter!
First the stage is set in v.11 when the disciples/followers still show a lack of understanding in Jesus’ mission and the Kingdom of Heaven. They are seeking an earthly kingdom as they had been taught… and they were looking for it to happen the moment Jesus set foot in Jerusalem!
Putting this event into a timeline we can visualize… the healing of the blind man just outside of Jericho had happened, but just before they had reached the blind men… Jesus had to deal with a squabble among the disciples. They were arguing who was going to be the highest ranking person under Jesus.. they were looking to this earthly kingdom that they had been taught about all their lives. Jesus wants to clarify their role in the kingdom and so He shares a parable with them in v.12-27:
This story Jesus tells is NOT a story about their position or power in the Kingdom but their duty and responsibility in the Kingdom! It is a story of spiritual stewardship!
v.12 [read]- picture of , a crowning moment for Him. Have someone read Matt 28:18 and someone else read Col 1:15-16… Jesus ascended to take His place on a royal celestial throne!
v.13 [read]- slaves= . Here is a picture of God’s initiative and the fact that salvation comes FROM God… we are called by Him. Have someone read Jn 6:44 and Eph 2:8-9. These disciples were being given something by God to multiply… not money but their faith in Him… and they are called to do this until he comes back… not a def timeline.
v.14 [read]- subjects=those , those who do NOT believe Jesus is God’s Son, those who refuse to submit to His lordship! WE don’t want… human pride and selfishness… a cry out from the sinful nature of the human soul…
Like this still today, have someone read 2 Tim 4:3-5…give commentary
v.15 [read]-leap to the future…a picture of the
a picture of the coming day of the Lord where we all stand in judgment of Christ. Will be summoned before Him… and an accounting of our life will be required… This day will come for ALL of us… those saved and those who have rejected Christ! We all will stand b4 Jesus on the day of judgment!
v.16-27- reveals the outcome of those who serve and those who do NOT serve Him… of those who accept Him and of those who reject Him
v. 16-18 [read]- reveals 2 in their stewardship, but I want us to see what their reward was… it was more service to the King. We are called to use the gifts God has given to us to prepare ourselves to serve Him in a greater capacity… this then can apply to our lives here… and it is NOT only for the afterlife and the judgment day. Jesus will task us for service and then calls us into account FOR that service… if we are faithful, He will then give us MORE to serve Him even more…
v.20-26 [read]- seems too harsh for our taste… seems heartless and cruel… but the fact remains, if we are to serve God, it is a use it or lose it type service… there is NO !