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We Will Not Have This Man Rule Over Us

We continue our  study of the Nobleman and his servants in  Luke 19:11-27. 

   

THE MAIN CHARACTERS

 

First, we see the Nobleman who goes into a far country to receive a Kingdom. This Nobleman is a type or picture of Jesus who returned to Heaven after His resurrection. Before He leaves, He gives each of his ten servants a pound of silver to invest with plans to reward them according to their faithfulness when He returns.

 

Next we see a sampling of his faithful servants.  One earns ten pounds on the investment of his one pound.  Another servant earns five pounds on the investment of his pound.  When Jesus returns, He rewards his faithful servants with positions of responsibility when He establishes His Millennial reign, prophesied throughout the Bible.  For more on this I direct you to my series on PROPHECY on this web site.

 

Then we see the unfaithful servant who is fearful of investing his pound.  He wraps it in a napkin instead and hides it.  The Nobleman is displeased with this servant whom He describes as slothful and wicked.  His one pound is given to the servant who earned 10 pounds on his investment.

 

Finally, we see the wicked citizens who rejected the rule of the Nobleman when He returned to reign. 

 

THE FAITHFUL SERVANTS

 

The faithful servants in Jesus’ story represent His faithful servants who are not only saved, but living for Christ and serving  Him faithfully.  The New Testament repeatedly refers to these servants of Christ and the rewards that await them at Christ’s second coming.  Note I Corinthians 3:11-15,  6:1-3.   II Corinthians 5:9-10,  Romans 14:10-13,  II Timothy 2:12, Revelation 20:1-6.

 

Be aware of God’s grace; not only in our salvation, but also concerning our service and rewards. At the judgment the faithful servant does not says, “Wait till you see what I did, Lord!” Rather, He humbly announces,  “Thy pound has gained 10 pounds. He glorifies Christ who gave him the pound and prospered the investment. His only virtue was faithfulness and that faithfulness was simply the faithfulness of Christ working in and through him.  What makes any Christian great?  Psalm 18:35 reminds us that it is God’s gentleness in His dealings with us that makes anyone great.  Apart from His gentleness in His dealings with us, all of us would fall flat on our faces as failures.

 

Don’t ever forget this as parents or as teachers or mentors.  You make your children or your students great through dealing with them in gentleness and humility.   Maybe that doesn’t work for a Marine Drill Sergeant, but I’ll bet it does.  No matter how tough you are on your recruits, if you are going to make something of them, hidden beneath that tough exterior,  that recruit needs to know you care about him and that you want to see him succeed.  Beneath that harsh, tough exterior is a kind, gentle heart.

 

Christ’s servants do not all have the same responsibilities in life, but regardless of the responsibilities we have, we are required to be faithful.

 

THE UNFAITHFUL SERVANT

 

In Luke 19:20 we read of the unfaithful servant who because of fear and a bad attitude towards the Nobleman, wraps his pound in a cloth and hides it and, of course, earns no gain on it.  He has no love or concern for the Nobleman; but defames him as an austere, harsh, ungracious Master.  He hates and despises the Nobleman. 

 

Is he a picture of a Christian?  I don’t know.  It doesn’t say.   Perhaps Jesus is describing such people in His warning in His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone that saith unto Me, ‘Lord, Lord,  shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven,  but he that doeth the will of God. Many will say unto Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name and in Thy name cast out devils and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’  Then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you.  Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” 

 

Perhaps he is a type of the carnal Christian who ignored God’s will for his life and lived a selfish, wasted life.  He is described in I Corinthians 3:11-15 as one who is saved so as by fire.  But all his works and service is burned up as worthless.

 

THE CITIZENS WHO HATED HIM

 

Who are His citizens?  Everyone in the world.  Understand that even though you are a lost sinner and even though you reject Christ as your Saviour and Lord, He still owns you.  Regardless of your religion, if you reject Christ and want nothing to do with Him, He still owns you.  He owns you because  you are His by creation; even though you reject Him and disown Him. 

 

You hate Him without cause, as John 15:25 describes the enemies of Christ who hated Him without cause as He went to the cross to die for sinners. As the crowds who shouted out in defiance, ” We have no king, but Caesar!”  so His enemies today defiantly shout as the citizens in our story, “We will not have this man rule over us!”

 

By the way, have you ever noticed how public figures who express their love and devotion to Christ are hated and reviled.  It has nothing to do with politics.  The hatred goes far beyond political disagreement.  It is the kind of hatred that froths at the mouth.  It all boils down to hatred of Jesus which is poured out on those who belong to Him and stand publicly for Him.

 

 

Nevertheless,  Jesus is coming back again to reign.  Then every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord.  Jesus is coming back again to rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.   He is returning, not only to reign, but as Judge to pass judgment on all sinners whose names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  He is coming back again as executioner to confine His enemies to eternity in Hell Fire, along with the devil and the anti-Christ and his false prophet.  You can read that dreadful news in Revelation 20:11-15

 

As Luke 19:22-27 states, Jesus’ enemies will be judged by their own words and deeds.  Many of his enemies are people who today claim to be Christians and servants of God and are involved in their churches.  When Christ returns to judge,  they will be stripped bare and exposed as phonies. Read that warning again in Matthew 7:21-23.

 

Are you His faithful servant, using the gifts and talents He gave you for His glory, or are you an unfaithful servant who will lose all rewards when Christ returns?

 

Are you a true citizen of Heaven, or are you an enemy of Christ and rejecting Him as Saviour and Lord?  I challenge you and urge you today to trust Him as your Saviour from sin and then bow before Him as your Lord and King.  Trust Him now and bow before Him now and one day you will hear Him say of you,  “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of  thy Lord.”

 

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April 1, 2006 - Posted by | Faithfulness

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