What Kind of Servant Are You?
Background: K. Herod had decreed in his will that Archelaus should succeed him on his throne. Yet, the Jews hated him and did not want him to reign over them.
Archaelaus went to Rome to confer with Caesar and secure his approval regarding the kingdom. Before he left, however, he gave large sums of money to many of his friends and gave instructions how the money was to be used in his absence.
After Archelaus secured approval for his reign he returned to Jerusalem to be proclaimed king over Judea. He rewarded those whom he had entrusted money and put to death many of those who had fought him.
The parable Jesus gave is very similar to what had happened. No doubt the people thought of this historical event when he gave this parable.
The disciples thought Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem to establish his kingdom. They did not realize that he was not going to take up a crown but a cross.
To correct their thinking he gave them this parable.
I believe we can learn a few things about servant hood in this passage of scripture.
1. JESUS WENT INTO THE FAR COUNTRY.
The nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom, and to return. V. 12 The nobleman is a picture of Jesus.
1. Jesus will return someday.
This is one of the great promises in the Bible. In Norway the residents ascend each January 18 to a mountain to get a glimpse of the sun after months of darkness. When the first rim of the sun is seen, the people joyfully shout, "The Dawn! The Dawn!
One day saints will see the Son and shout. "He is here! He is here!" Paul said "The Lord himself will descend with a shout and the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first."
John says in his revelation "even so come, Lord Jesus." I am not on the time and place committee so I do not know when He will come or exactly how he will come. However, he did put me on ...
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