Here is the beautiful representation about the coming King and His workmen. This parable speaks about a lot of things and we can understand it only by His grace. It speaks about the role of a servant and his reward. The theme of this parable is that Jesus Christ is the King & His kingdom will never end (Luke 1). Every kingdom of this world and of the hell is going to end very soon. Every dictator, king, ruler and satan church will see their kingdom fall and we will see Jesus Christ in the clouds. ‘For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.’ Halleluiah!!
There was a mis-conception among the people and the disciples. They thought that Jesus Christ will establish His kingdom on this earth very quickly. Luke 19:11, ‘ 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.’ They thought that Jesus came to Jerusalem to overthrow the earthly kingdom and establish a new kingdom. But Christ explained as to why he was near to Jerusalem Luke 18:31-34.. ‘Jesus took the twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; 33 they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.” 34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.’ He was going to Jerusalem not to become a King, but to die for our sins and rise up on the third day. See, how people thought about Jesus. He went to Jerusalem as a Lamb but He is coming back to Jerusalem as a King.
Now to remove this misunderstanding, He told one parable. There was one noble man who was going to another country to become a King. He called his servants and gave each of them minas and told them to do business with it until He returns. We learn certain things here. Firstly, Jesus Christ is not going to Jerusalem to become a King. Rather, He is going to be a sacrifice. But after he rose from the dead, He went to heaven and sat at the right hand of the Father, waiting until He puts all his enemies under His footstool. After that, He will come back to this world as a King. Secondly, He has designated his servants with the responsibility of working for Him until He returns. Minas was given equally to all servants (pls do not compare this with the parable on talents). Each servant had equal minas. We who are saved are also like these servants. We all know that this minas is the Gospel of Christ, which is handed over to all believers in common. We have not achieved it. Rather, it has been given to us by His grace, just like the servants received minas from their Master. Now what are we supposed to do with this Gospel of Christ? The Master has asked us to work with it until He returns.
Here, we are trying to glean pearls from this parable. We can understand that there are three major parts in this parable (a) Why Jesus came? (b) Role of the servants and (c) Coming of the Son of Man as King and Judge. Today, we will look at the second part of this parable i.e. about the role of the servants. While we were under satan’s yoke, we were servants of sin. But now as we are under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we are servants of righteousness. We have been entrusted with responsibilities, and God wants us to be faithful in what we have been given. There were ten servants, but account of only three is mentioned in this parable. Now in these three servants, we see two groups: 1. Good servant and 2. Bad servant. Good servant understood his master well but the bad one never knew him. Good servant realized his responsibility and so worked hard to please his Master, but the later one did not. I would like to make three parts about the servants for the purpose of study.
- The responsibility of the servant
- The faithfulness of the servant
- The reward of the servant
The responsibility of the servant – Each servant was given a responsibility, and that was to put the ‘minas’ in the work until the Master returns. We all are not prophets, evangelists or pastors, but we all are witnesses of Jesus Christ. The minas of Gospel is handed over to us and we have to put this minas in the work of God. We do not need to put power in the gospel, because Gospel itself is the Power of God that is able to transform a believing heart. If we are witnessing Christ, we are just doing our duty. How is our business going on ? Has the church forgot her responsibility? Let us examine ourselves today. If we see the life of Jesus…fulfilling the Work of Father was his food. We have to reach that level by taking our responsibility as our food that brings joy to our soul. He was weary and thirsty because of the long walk, but through all this, Jesus did not forget to do the Work of His Father. Let us not forget our responsibility . We are witnesses and ambassadors of Christ. We were not worthy to receive this mina from the Master, but He went to Jerusalem to die in our place and on the third day, He was raised from the dead. He destroyed the works of the devil and removed the sting of the death by making them, a public spectacle. He purchased us by His own blood and made us children of God. This Good News is the Mina which the Son of Man has handed over to us. Let us submit to God today and put the mina into His work. How should we put the minas of the Master into work? Paul tells that beautifully… 1 Thessalonians 1:3 we remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. It should be done in faith, love and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. It is produced, prompted and inspired through our Lord.
The Faithfulness of the servant – The subjects of the noble man hated him and protested against him. They did not want to see him as a king. If they have hated him, they have hated his servants also. Let us connect this with our Master and ourselves. Jesus said that the world hates the disciples because it hates Him. But in the midst of the persecutions and hatred, the good servants were faithful to their Master. They continued to put Master’s mina in the work and labored. Though they went through depression, frustration and pain, they continued the work of God faithfully. 1 Thessalonians 2:1-2 you know, brothers and sisters that our visit to you was not without results. 2 We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. They were beaten badly, but still faithfully put the Minas of the Master into work. And by the help of God, they found results. Many souls were saved through the Gospel. If the master would have declared the rewards to each individual, they all would have worked more effectively. The one who gained 5 minas would have labored more. What if God tells us that if we work for Him for 1 year, He would pay large amount to us? Then, I believe everyone would join in witnessing but that witnessing would be only for the reward. There will be no sincerity and faithfulness. God is calling the one who gained 10 more minas as ‘faithful servant’. He was faithful in suffering; he faithfully labored without seeking rewards.
The Reward of the servant – The noble man came as a King and called only three of his ten servants. We don’t know what happened to the rest 7, but the Lord did not even remember them. According to the scriptures, in the Day of Judgment many servants will say that they worked for Jesus, but the Lord will say “I never knew you”. Why did the Lord refuse to acknowledge these servants? Because they did the work of God and committed sin in parallel. Lord called them ‘evildoers’. Three of them gave their account to the Lord. Among these three servants, there were again two groups a) servants who labored and b) servant who did not labor. So, there rewards were also different. The one who made 10 minas became the governor of 10 cities and the one who made 5 minas became the governor of 5 cities. But the one who did not put the mina in the work was rebuked by the Lord. His mina was taken from him and given to the one who made 10 minas. Some people will be ashamed forever but some will shine like the stars in the heaven. The greatest reward is the appreciation of God in front of all mankind. How would you feel when God calls you…’Good and faithful servant’..Though everyone received the mina freely, but their rewards were different due to their service. God remembers those who work for Him and He will surely reward them on that Day.
We cannot take anything from this world . But the souls which we have won for Christ will become the reason for getting crowns. Let us not forget our responsibility. Let’s do our responsibility faithfully, without seeking rewards, but only the will of God and His purpose. God bless you.